Sleep offers a unique opportunity to engage vulnerable employees in programs to improve their sleep, and—in so doing—their mental health, reports HR Technologist.

With the increasing awareness that sleep is a critical component of employee health and wellness, the crucial question is: how can employers help to improve sleep at scale?

New clinical guidelines published last year by the American College of Physicians11  concluded that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) should be provided as the first-line treatment for insomnia, before sleeping pills are used. Sleeping pills, or hypnotics, are only recommended for short term use because of side effects and health impacts, yet are being over-prescribed and over-utilized at an alarming rate.