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Employers Are Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve A Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

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After several years of recognizing sleep’s role in productivity and controlling health-care costs, some employers are actively giving employees tools to do something about it, taking advantage of new hardware and apps to affect behavioral changes.

“As we started expanding into bigger companies, the feedback we were getting is ‘I only have intermittent sleep problems — can I get content or education?’ ” said John Letter, [SleepCharge] president and chief operating officer, leading to more education tools, a personalized behavior change app, and more access to behavioral health or medical experts.

Sleep, he said, has drawn the attention of employers because unlike mental health issues, “it’s not stigmatized. It’s an easier way to engage people about their overall health. Everyone wants to talk about sleep.”

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