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Electronic Devices Cause Stress That Affects Working Lives

5 December 2018 / Workplace wellbeing

Electronic devices can cause stress that affects working lives, reports leading broadsheet newspaper, The Australian.

Their recent coverage of our Waking up to the sleep problem whitepaper – based on the responses of 97,000 employees in 33 industries and 139 countries – again warns employers that constant connectivity to mobile devices and emails is bad news for sleep health and productivity.

The message comes as sleep continues to emerge as a key focus in business. One in three working-age adults regularly fail to get enough rest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And Harvard Medical School estimates that the cost adds up to USD $63.2 billion annually.

Dr David Batman – a member of the Science Advisory Board at Virgin Pulse Institute, and a registered Consultant Specialist in Occupational Health with expertise in psychological health at work – is cited in the article. He highlighted key issues around sleeplessness, confirming that:

  • The 24-hour connectivity cycle, and related stress, are key culprits in the sleep crisis
  • Fear of missing out makes executives and staff feel like they cannot switch off
  • The resulting sleeplessness affects concentration and productivity
  • The solution lies in changing habits and lifestyle choices – both in and out of work

Download the full whitepaper, Waking up to the sleep problem.

Or read The Australian’s article* about the report.

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