Our aggregate drug claims data shows there are certain industries with more claims for sleep medications. This Special Report offers practical tips for creating a sleep-friendly workplace and promoting healthy habits. It also provides an employer guide to managing sleep and shift work, addressing unique challenges faced by employees.

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WATCH: The underestimated impact of poor sleep

Are your employees struggling with sleep? Alex Carducci, pharmacist and Product Director, Health & Wellness, Manulife explains why it could be a larger problem than you think and highlights the importance of addressing it for a healthier workforce.

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Industries with more claims for sleep medications

Manulife aggregate drug claims data shows businesses in agriculture, mining, and construction see more claimants for sedatives and hypnotics. Find out more about sleep medications and your industry.

“These numbers likely underestimate the amount of people taking medications for sleep”, “Many people do not seek medical attention for their sleep issues and prefer to self-treat with over-the-counter medications.”

Alex Carducci
Pharmacist, and Product Director
Health & Wellness, Manulife.

Six ways to help your employees get a good night’s rest

One of the top things keeping your people awake at night is work-related stress. Here are 6 strategies to help you better support employee sleep.



"Sleep is essential to both physical and mental health and not getting enough shut-eye can have long term impacts on your health. Sleep deficiency has been linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and depression."

An employer guide to sleep and shift work

Employers may face unique challenges when they manage employees who work nontraditional hours. Sleep problems are likely at the top of the list for these employees. Here’s how you can help your shift-working staff members.

“In some industries shift work or working irregular hours can contribute to difficulties with getting regular and restorative sleep.” 

Dr. Steve Pomedli
Cleveland Clinic Canada
Medical Director for Manulife Group Benefits

Help your plan members be productive by sleeping soundly

Manulife’s 2021 Wellness Report found that 29% of employees get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep a night. Here’s what this might mean for your workplace.

“Without question, a lack of sleep takes its toll on our mental abilities – our mental reasoning skills suffer, our decision-making processes become challenged and our ability to learn is affected,”

Eric Pfeiffer
Senior Workplace Well-being Consultant at Manulife.