The UK economy loses £40 billion per annum due to a lack of sleep. A recent study, Why Sleep Matters – The Economic Cost of Insufficient Sleep is the first of its kind to actually quantify the importance of sleep in financial terms.

The study was conducted on workers in the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, and Canada. Getting in that extra hour may seem difficult with all the tech available, but tech might also be the kickstarter to a good night’s rest.

Simplify The Workday
Entrepreneurs and staff who desire a streamlined workflow and, therefore, work/life balance will find technology to be a lifesaver. Programs such as Asana are designed to eliminate incessant update meetings and production flow queries by linking the entire team to the various job boards. Access is at different levels and for those who have access to their levels, updates happen across the board and instantaneously. They may also find RescueTime to be a great way to stay on track when it comes to tricky projects, as each leg in the project is essential to the overall success. The benefit to both the staff and entrepreneur is the ability to shut down after the workday, knowing that tasks are on track.

Tracking Sleep Patterns
Dr. Colleen Lance, a sleep medicine expert underscores the importance of wearing a sleep tracker. According to Dr. Lance, these devices are handy in getting together the data required to understand why sleep patterns are a certain way. For the wearer, it will gather information on frequent waking and excessive interruptions, or perhaps whether there are underlying issues such as sleep apnea. Patients who make use of sleep tracking software can send this information on to a sleep specialist, who will use the data in conjunction with their own assessment to form an opinion. While the use of an electronic device before sleep is shown to disrupt sleep, sleep trackers are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Tech Companies Worth Investing In To Regain Some Beauty Sleep
Understanding what makes city dwellers and insomniacs lose sleep – and how to regain it – is the life work of companies such as Pzizz. CEO of Pzizz, Rockwell Shah, had this to say about the tech comeback kid “Pzizz was started by a group of people that were extremely passionate about the sleep space and wanted to solve a really big problem in insomnia and power napping”. With the help of sound and frequency, the app is designed to target areas of the brain responsible for producing melatonin. At a subscription fee of £2.99 per month or £19.99 per year, it’s a small price to pay to get some rest.

While there are a number of tips, tricks, and apps to encourage better and deeper sleep, it’s imperative that consumers learn to separate their work/life balance. Technology can help with both.

– Written By Chrissy McCarthy