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Healthy sleep policy

Healthy sleep policy


To support healthy sleep habits by discouraging occupants from working late at night and providing them with sleep support software.


High quality sleep is essential to good health. Adequate sleep improves mental health, is necessary for maintaining sustained mental and physical performance throughout the day and can help prevent unhealthy weight gain. Insufficient sleep, on the other hand, has been associated with a higher risk of depression, diabetes, heart attack, hypertension and stroke. Adopting this feature demonstrates that the organization values sleep quality and understands its impact on overall worker productivity and well-being.

Part 1
Non-Workplace Sleep Support

The following requirements are met:
For non-shift work, introduce organizational cap at midnight for late night work and communications.
Provide employees with a 50% subsidy on software and/or applications that monitor daytime sleep-related behavior patterns such as activity levels, caffeine and alcohol intake, and eating habits.

Part 2
Delayed Start

The following requirement is met for primary and secondary schools:
The school day starts no earlier than 8:30 am.