The Connection Between Alcohol Consumption and Sleep, and its Impact on Workplace Productivity

Of course if you have had enough to drink, you typically fall asleep pretty quickly. But did you ever think that your sleep might not be sound? Or, as sound as it should be especially before a day of work?

If you consume too much alcohol too close to bedtime, studies show you will not sleep as well as you normally would, and you are more inclined to experience fatigue the following day.  

This topic is of significant importance to companies and organizations who need their employees to perform. As you may know, heavy drinking can take a toll on the workplace, in terms of lost productivity, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, increased illness, and low morale. In fact, 8.7% of full-time workers ages 18 to 64 used alcohol heavily in the past month, based on combined data from 2008 to 2012 (SAMHSA).

Also, according to a national survey commissioned by Annum, drinking is harming employee performance and relationships. 54% have noticed a coworker’s behavior impacted by drinking. 1 in 6 employees (17%) say they have a coworkers whose drinking habits have affected their ability to do their job well, and 34% of employees have changed their own behavior because of a coworker’s drinking. On a personal employee level, the impact is staggering.

In terms of its impact on organizations, what we know is that high-risk drinking costs the U.S. economy $81.5 billion in lost workplace productivity annually.   

Organizations need to remain alert and aware of how alcohol consumption impacts employees’ health and ability to do their jobs and do them well. And, in turn, organizations must remain committed to supporting their employees with alcohol abuse help, especially because many are unaware of viable treatment options, and whether or not they are eligible for coverage through health insurance.

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Debbie Dexter