Corporate wellbeing

Dozy at Work: 60% of Indian Employees Report Sleep Deprivation

March 24, 2023
Mohit Sahni
Dozy at Work: 60% of Indians Report Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a pervasive problem across India, with nearly two-thirds of Indians reporting feeling dozy at work and over a third suffering from insomnia, according to the Great Indian Sleep Scorecard 2023. 

The report, conducted by sleep solutions provider Wakefit.co, sheds light on the sleep patterns and trends of Indians, highlighting the detrimental impact of sleep deprivation on employee productivity, health, and well-being.

In recent years, sleep disorders have become increasingly common in India, with many attributing the rise to stress, anxiety, and the proliferation of digital devices. The high prevalence of sleep deprivation among Indian employees has serious implications for workplace productivity and the overall health and well-being of the workforce. 

In this article, we will discuss the issue of sleep deprivation in India, as highlighted by the Great Indian Sleep Scorecard 2023, and offer tips for HRs on how to address this issue in the workplace.

Awake in a Sleepy Nation

The Great Indian Sleep Scorecard 2023 highlights a growing sleep crisis in India, with over 60% of Indians reporting feeling dozy at work and over a third suffering from insomnia. 

Here are some of the key findings related to the sleep crisis in India:

Late Nights and Digital Devices

Despite the need for healthy sleep habits, over 70% of Indians retire only after 11 p.m. - way past the ideal bedtime of 10 p.m. Furthermore, a whopping 88% of Indians admit to using their phones until just before bedtime, leading to disrupted sleep patterns and reduced sleep quality. 

The late-night scrolling of social media and other digital devices has become a major cause of sleep deprivation and fatigue among Indians.

High Sleep Debt and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Indian workers are suffering from high sleep debt, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness and reduced productivity. Over 49% of Indians report feeling un-refreshed upon waking up, while 53% feel sleepy at work. 

The impact is even more pronounced for women, with 67% reporting sleepiness at work compared to 56% of men.

The Impact of Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are major contributors to the sleep crisis in India. Over 31% of Indians report waking up in the night to worry about their future, while 35% suffer from insomnia. 

The fear factor and stress overload have become major concerns for employees, leading to poor sleep quality, fatigue, and burnout.

The sleep crisis in India has serious implications for employee health, well-being, and productivity.

A Wake-Up Call for HRs

As the sleep crisis in India continues to grow, HR managers have a critical role to play in promoting healthy sleep habits and creating a supportive work environment that prioritizes employee well-being. Here are some tips for HRs to address sleep deprivation in the workplace:

Promote Healthy Sleep Habits

HRs can promote healthy sleep habits by providing resources and support to employees. Encourage employees to set a regular bedtime, minimize exposure to digital devices before bed, and create a calming sleep environment. 

Consider offering workshops, seminars, or online resources to help employees learn about healthy sleep habits.

Create a Supportive Work Environment

Creating a supportive work environment that prioritizes employee well-being is essential to addressing sleep deprivation in the workplace. Consider offering flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible schedules, to help employees balance work and personal responsibilities. 

Encourage breaks throughout the day, and consider creating designated nap rooms or relaxation spaces to help employees recharge.

By prioritizing employee well-being and promoting healthy sleep habits, HRs can help employees overcome the sleep crisis in India and improve their overall health and productivity. 

Snooze to Success: The Importance of Corporate Wellness Programs

Corporate wellness programs can play a critical role in addressing sleep deprivation in the workplace. By offering evidence-based strategies and expert guidance, wellness programs can help employees build healthy sleep habits and improve their overall well-being. 

Here are some examples of how corporate wellness programs can address sleep deprivation:

Sleep Education and Training

Wellness programs can offer workshops, seminars, and online resources to help employees learn about healthy sleep habits and strategies for improving sleep quality. 

These resources can cover topics such as setting a regular sleep schedule, creating a calming sleep environment, and minimizing exposure to digital devices before bedtime.

Stress Management and Mental Health Support

Stress and anxiety are major contributors to sleep deprivation, so wellness programs that offer stress management and mental health support can help employees manage these issues and improve their sleep quality. 

Programs may include mindfulness training, counseling services, or resources for managing work-related stress.

Fitness and Nutrition Programs

Physical activity and nutrition can also play a role in promoting healthy sleep habits. Wellness programs that offer fitness classes, healthy eating seminars, or nutrition coaching can help employees improve their overall health and well-being, leading to better sleep quality.

With our experience in creating customized wellness programs based on the unique needs of Indian workers, The Wellness Tribe can help HR professionals address the sleep crisis in India. HRs can improve their employees' health and well-being by partnering with The Wellness Tribe.

Rise and Shine

The impact of sleep deprivation on employee productivity, health, and well-being is significant, making it essential for HR managers to take action to address this issue. Healthy sleep habits, a supportive work environment, and a corporate wellness program can help HRs help employees overcome the sleep crisis.

At The Wellness Tribe, we are committed to helping HR managers tackle the sleep crisis in India by offering evidence-based strategies and expert guidance to create customized wellness programs that meet the unique needs of their workforce. 

By partnering with us, HRs can take a proactive approach to promote healthy sleep habits, managing stress, and improve employee well-being. Together, we can create a healthier and more productive workforce.

So, take the first step to a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce today. Contact The Wellness Tribe to learn how we can help you implement a customized corporate wellness program that meets your organization's unique needs.

Corporate Wellness

Desk Duty: Why Sitting Can be as Deadly as Smoking

October 28, 2022
Dr. Nikhil Latey
Desk Duty: Why Sitting Can be as Deadly as Smoking

Motion is lotion, isn’t it? Sitting isn't part of our design. You may not think of your office chair or the couch you enjoy binge-watching on when you think of something that might pose a health risk. When you sit for long periods of time, the body deteriorates, according to Dr Joan Vernikos, author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals.

How Sedentary Are We?

Around three million avoidable deaths are caused by physical inactivity each year (6% of all fatalities). Among noncommunicable illnesses, it is the fourth leading cause of death.

The following studies demonstrate how sedentary we are:

  • According to PubMed Central, 52.1% of participants in the study were not physically active. Studies conducted in India and abroad have reported similar findings. 
  • It was reported that 56.8% of participants in a study conducted in Punjab, India, were not sufficiently active as recommended by the WHO. 
  • According to data from the Indian Council of Medical Research study, Chandigarh has a 66.8% prevalence of physical inactivity.
  • According to a study, 49.7% of adults in southern India were physically inactive.

Sitting and Exercising

Sitting Is the New Smoking
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Marathon sitting sessions cannot be negated by exercise. Lifestyle fitness, whether it is exercise in the gym, running, yoga, pilates, or another form of exercise, will not make you healthier if you sit for long periods of time. Instead, you are more likely to live a happy healthy life if you sit less during the day.

Sitting for Long Periods of Time.

Sitting for long periods of time can actually alter your metabolism. Sitting for just 30 minutes slows down metabolism by 90%. The large leg and gluteal muscles can weaken and waste when sat for long periods of time. 

With weak glutes, the legs are less stable and have less power. If you sit consistently with poor posture, it can also result in back problems. Even your sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your toes, may be irritated by the back, hip, and buttock muscles together.

When you spend a lot of time hunched over a keyboard, your neck and shoulders can become stiff and painful. As you do this for hours and hours, you reduce your flexibility and movement, straining your neck and upper back muscles.

While scrolling through social media on their phones, people sit in compromised postures that can be detrimental to their rotator cuffs, wrists, and forearms.

Heart Health and Sitting

Sitting Is the New Smoking
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Heart disease is more likely to develop if you sit for a long time each day. Diabetes type 2 and obesity, two major risk factors for heart disease, can be caused by sitting, which can lead to insulin resistance. In addition, during a heart attack, the blood flow slows down, which causes the blood vessels to accumulate fatty acids.

Heart disease results from disruption of vascular function. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, there is an independent relationship between prolonged sitting time and deleterious health outcomes, regardless of physical activity. 

You still have a risk of heart disease and death even if you clock in an hour of intense physical activity a day. This is especially true for those who work continuously without taking a break; therefore, companies are focusing more on employee wellness programs to assist them to build healthy working habits. 

"Sitting is the thief of health." - Steve Jobs

Depression and Anxiety

We don't understand the relationships between sitting and mental health as well as we do the ties between sitting and physical health, but we do know that those who sit more are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

This might be due to the fact that those who spend a lot of time sitting lose out on the benefits of workout and fitness. If this is the case, getting up and moving may be beneficial.

Living a Movement-Based Lifestyle

Here are a few ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine:

Make sure you take frequent breaks. After 30 minutes of continuous sitting, get up and move around

  • When possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Stop texting your colleagues and walk over to them instead
  • If you can, enjoy a short walk during your lunch break
  • Consider switching to standing and sitting-friendly height-adjustable desks. 

 You will have increased energy levels and endurance once you become physically active, and your muscles and bones will remain strong when you are physically active.

Final Words

It appears that stretching your muscles breaks up long periods of sitting, so strive to incorporate more exercise into your day. Every once in a while set a timer to remind yourself to get up and walk. Stand up while you're taking a call. You may want to consider an adjustable standing desk if you have a PC. Sit on a stability ball rather than an armchair while watching TV to keep yourself upright. Exercises to relieve joint pain are also recommended.

Corporate Kitchen Makeover

A Fresh Start: Reimagining Corporate Kitchens with Power8

July 2, 2023
Mohit Sahni
A Fresh Start: Reimagining Corporate Kitchens with Power8

As a co-founder of Power8, I've observed a significant, yet often overlooked, area that affects the health and wellness of employees: the corporate canteen. It's a truth universally acknowledged that good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. 

Still, what happens when your work, an environment where many of us spend the majority of our time, doesn't support this critical aspect of wellness? That's where Power8’s Corporate Kitchen Makeover comes into play.

Ensuring a Healthy Foundation

Embarking on the journey of creating a healthier corporate kitchen, we commence with an in-depth, meticulous audit. This process isn't just a cursory glance over the pantry or a review of the vending machines. It's an extensive inspection that aligns with Schedule 4 of the FSSA, 2006, aiming to certify that the food served to your diligent employees is wholesome, safely prepared, and hygienically stored.

We do not take this responsibility lightly; we're fully aware of the trust you put in us. This process ensures we are meeting the required health and safety regulations, but more importantly, it is about acknowledging and addressing the crucial role nutrition plays in overall wellness, productivity, and mental agility in the workplace.

"Creating a productive and healthy workforce demands a systemic and sustained approach. It starts in the kitchen."

Setting the Path

Having established a solid foundation through the audit, the next stage in the Kitchen Makeover involves a two-day on-site visit by our dedicated team of experts. These specialists bring a wealth of experience in assessing kitchen layouts, raw material storage areas, food handling and preparation techniques, hygiene, and sanitation practices, and food transportation. Their knowledge and expertise in food safety standards and protocols are pivotal in this phase of the makeover.

Their role isn't limited to merely identifying areas of concern but extends to providing immediate actionable solutions to improve these aspects. By the end of this phase, we ensure the canteen, a vital place in the company, is a hub for wellness and positivity, while still complying with FSSAI guidelines and SOPs.

Investing in Skills

To sustain the changes implemented, we organize a two-day training workshop for food handlers and kitchen staff. We focus on imparting knowledge about the best hygiene and sanitation practices, assessing the quality of raw materials, and preventing food spoilage. Training also involves teaching ways to avoid cross-contamination - a major issue in large kitchens - and how to follow FSSAI guidelines and SOPs.

This training isn't a mere seminar or lecture but a hands-on, practical session. We believe that true learning comes from doing, and so, our training workshops are interactive and engaging, designed to instill best practices and provide a deeper understanding of why they are necessary.

Healthy Menu Planning

With hygiene and safety standards well implemented, the next phase involves the actual food being served - we start the process of healthy menu planning. We collaborate with your chefs, taking into consideration the current menu, the preferences of the employees, and the kitchen capabilities. Our aim is to subtly reduce daily calorie intake, without compromising on the taste or satisfaction of the meals.

We've learned that the secret to a successful health-focused menu is in striking a balance. It’s not about eliminating favorite foods or making drastic changes; it’s about small, sustainable shifts toward healthier choices. For instance, introducing whole grains in place of refined ones, increasing the portion of fresh fruits and vegetables, or using healthier cooking methods.

"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." - Ann Wigmore

Weight Loss Challenge

To motivate employees to embrace these healthier food options, we facilitate a 5-week weight loss challenge, tracked through our app - PlanMyFood. This isn't just a competition to lose weight, but a holistic challenge that encourages employees to make smarter, healthier food choices, despite the busyness of their work schedules. This interactive challenge also brings an element of fun and engagement to the workplace, fostering a sense of community and shared goals.

Encouragement and motivation are critical when making lifestyle changes, and our weight loss challenge provides this in spades. Weekly check-ins, healthy recipes, progress tracking, and support from fellow participants make this a positive and motivating experience. The aim is to inspire long-term changes, transforming not just the corporate kitchen but the health and wellness attitudes of the employees.

Re-adjusting Daily Calorie Intake

Adjusting the daily calorie intake in the kitchen menu is the final touch in our Corporate Kitchen Makeover. The objective here is not just weight loss, but optimal health and vitality. By taking into account factors such as portion sizes, food groups, and timing of meals, we strategically redesign the menu to ensure that it's well-rounded and balanced.

This is where our expertise truly shines. Our knowledge of nutritional science allows us to develop menus that cater to diverse dietary needs and preferences. For instance, if your team contains a mix of vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters, we can design a menu that everyone will enjoy. In this phase, we also consider factors like dietary restrictions, food allergies, and specific nutritional requirements of your workforce.

Closing Thoughts

The Power8 Corporate Kitchen Makeover is more than a revamp of your canteen; it's an investment in the health, productivity, and well-being of your employees. By optimizing the heart of your workplace – the kitchen – we create an environment that not only feeds the stomachs but also nourishes the health and well-being of your workforce. 

With improved diet and nutrition, you'll notice a boost in morale, productivity, and overall workplace satisfaction, proving that when you invest in your employees' health, the returns are manifold. Remember, a healthier workplace is a happier workplace!

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