Insomnia: Cost to American Business
Sleeping Better at Night by Walking at the Office:
Many independent studies tout the positive effects of exercise on sleep patterns however less than 5% of U.S. adults participate in an exercise program on a consistent basis. The damage to health goes beyond just feeling tired at work.
Insomnia, restlessness, and poor sleep habits wreak havoc on the health of U.S. employees and cost employers an additional $3,200 annually per employee, $20 billion in total according to researchers. Numerous studies have pointed to the effectiveness of daily exercise in mitigating these effects however less than 5% of U.S. adults participate in a daily exercise regimen. TrekDesk treadmill desks allow employees the opportunity to walk all day without ever leaving their desk.
The study reported this year to the Associated Professional Sleep Societies that the 4.19% of employees suffering from insomnia reflect only the reported cases currently seeking treatment, so the cost to employers is actually much higher.
"We have more than 58 obesity related diseases caused in large part to inactivity and cramming employees into cubicles 8-10 hours a day. Employers need to recognize that movement is critical not only to the health of their workers but also to their productivity and bottom line," related Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk.com.
TrekDesk is a full sized, height adjustable work station which attached to an existing treadmill allows individuals to walk slowly while they work and restore their health. Designed to re-introduce movement into the workplace and schools TrekDesk offers the ability to achieve 10,000 steps in as little as 3-4 hours a day.
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found in a 2003 study that participants who exercised only 30 minutes every morning had less trouble falling asleep than those who were less active.
"Just 30 minutes of exercise offers tremendous benefits, but we have to think beyond stop gap measures. We have a health crisis in this country and until we address the issues contributing to sedentary lifestyles and our escalating levels of inactivity we will remain in peril," concluded Bordley.