Our physician partners are available to companies to provide sleep hygiene seminars. Presentations are given at the company’s location over breakfast or lunch. The free lecture includes a computer presentation and a question and answer session. The seminar can range from 30 minutes, or up to an hour and a half, depending on the time schedule and the number of attendees.

If you’d like more information on a sleep hygiene seminar at your office, you can contact MRC Healthcare at (866) 672-2828.

Ever felt drowsy at the wheel?

If so, you are not alone. An estimated 15 per cent of all drivers have reported falling asleep behind the wheel, according to statistics provided by Mission Possible, a province-wide traffic safety initiative by the Alberta Motor Association (AMA). “Fatigue is a more common cause of traffic accidents than alcohol or prescription drugs,” says Dr. Ward Flemons, medical director of the Alberta Lung Association’s Sleep Centre.

Social and economic costs we should all be aware of

An estimated 40,000 people die each year from complications caused by sleep disorders. In fact, sleep disorders cost the North American economy (est.) $50 billion USD a year in lost productivity. For example, People with sleep apnea suffer strokes 3-6 times more often than other North Americans. People suffering from sleep apnea are actually six times more likely to be involved in a car crash than those without sleep disorders. (New England Journal of Medicine) It is believed that many sleep apnea patients are more dangerous than drunk drivers when behind the wheel!

Please consider our corporate seminars if your workplace includes:

  • Males over age 40
  • Shift workers
  • Drivers
  • Overweight employees
  • Overtime requirements
  • Equipment and/or other motor vehicle operation
  • Factors that create hazard of injury or damages in event of employee inattention or error

Seven useful sleep hygiene tips!

  • Ensure you have a healthy lifestyle
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Exercise regularly (consult your doctor).
  • Sleep in a quiet, dark and cool room.
  • Don’t use your bed as a desk.
  • Don’t try to sleep if you’re not sleepy, instead read a book.
  • Avoid sleeping pills, tobacco or alcohol close to bedtime.

Some interesting sleep hygiene stats that might already be hurting your worker’s performance:

  • 7 million Canadians are chronically sleep deprived
  • Approximately 2 million have at least partial blockage of their airways, causing snoring
  • Over one billion people suffer from chronic nasal congestion or snoring & sleep apnea on earth
  • About 1 million Canadians have some degree of sleep apnea
  • 40% of all adults experience some type of sleep disorder 50% of all adults report trouble sleeping

What risks do your workers face from poor sleep hygiene or sleeping disorders?

Possible increased risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents
  • Heart disease and heart attack
  • Decreased quality of life Stroke