Do we really need to get paid to get enough sleep?

Wait? The insurance giant Aetna is now offering employees CASH incentives to get their required sleep? True! I read that their employees can qualify for $25/night if they can show that they have slept seven hours or more for 20 nights. For many of us, that’s no easy task but clearly – it should be a priority! Aetna employees can earn $300 over the year for doing what we all should be – making sleep a PRIORITY!  Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini was quoted saying that “Creating a culture that … [Read more...]

Stress Management: I’ll Have Some Sleep with That Part 2

Sleep Beats Stress Because of the cause-and-effect relationship between stress and sleep, it is imperative that sufficient sleep must be the first consideration in any attempt to manage, mitigate, or prevent stress. By prioritizing and managing sleep, we are better able to manage stress—thereby feeling and performing our best—and are better equipped to handle the inevitable stressors that are part of modern life. Undoubtedly, workplace stress is a leading cause of insomnia. Considered the … [Read more...]

Stress Management: I’ll Have Some Sleep with That Part 1

Is it just a coincidence that workplace stress is so prevalent in our chronically sleep-deprived society? Or is there a connection that we have been too tired to notice, let alone act upon? Let’s face it: We work hard, our stress levels are rising, and we are sleeping less. The frenetic pace of our demanding, 24/7 lifestyles is leaving us frazzled, multitasking, working more, beholden to our electronic devices, and either unable to find the time to sleep or too stressed out to fall asleep. As a … [Read more...]

Waking Up is Hard to Do!

If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, you’re not alone—and probably not getting enough sleep, either. Most of us require seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and failing to get that only results in problems—including oversleeping—that can be fairly hair-raising: In 2013, the Today show’s affable Al Roker reportedly overslept for the first time in thirty-nine years. On that fateful day, he completely missed his newest early-morning show, “Wake Up With Al,” but did manage to get … [Read more...]