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Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep


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Employers are giving workers high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity.

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Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

Among the tools companies are piloting is the sleep and activity tracking Oura Ring. Emily Haisley at asset manager BlackRock said the rings raise users' awareness of how exercise and earlier bedtimes affect them, and some have started meditating before bed or stopped looking at screens before bedtime.

Oura sends users a daily "readiness score" based on body temperature, resting heart rate, and the previous night's sleep, and suggests appropriate actions to encourage better sleep.

CVS Health offers Big Health's Sleepio insomnia-treatment app to employers who use its pharmacy benefits manager, but experts are concerned about the personal data such tools collect and how this information might be used—and the ramifications for employees' personal privacy.

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