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Millennial Sleep Habits are Changing the Way Businesses View Sleep

Let’s face it: Millennials are innovators. We love new technology (take Nectar’s foam for bed mattresses as an example of a new twist on an old classic), new ways of thinking, and aren’t afraid to make the workplace different. It turns out that this includes how workplaces adapt to the sleeping habits of the youngest part of their workforce.

A new study shows that Millennials are actually getting twenty-five minutes more sleep than the previous generation of workers. That’s going from 6.8 hours for the average American worker to over seven hours for a millennial. This means that for the first time in a century, the workforce could actually get the amount of sleep it needs. So what does this mean for the American workforce? Could we be seeing more foam for bed mattresses at work, probably not, but if it was up to Nectar, that’d be industry standard.

Why Do Millennials Sleep More?

To put it simply millennials value a work/play balance more than Gen X or the baby boomers. This emphasis means that they want more time to enjoy life, work on personal development, and, yes, sleep more. The flexibility of the millennial workplace allows for workers to come in later and leave when they want, allowing for a more rested and relaxed environment to work in.

They are also more willing to embrace new technology. Millennials are more likely to use sleep tracking apps and explore the newest breakthroughs in sleep tech. This means foam for bed mattresses is likely to be adopted earlier for them and used with greater frequency. We partial to Nectar for those mattresses. We use the highest quality foam and have a forever warranty that can’t be beat.

What This Means for Employers

Well for starters, it means a bunch of great benefits as their employees will boast better cognitive performance, total productivity, and health benefits. This means that millennial employees, with their foam for bed mattresses, will take less sick days, be more productive while at work, and not suffer as often from long term illness (which ends up costing employers tons of money).

It also means that as millennials begin to supplant their predecessors in places of authority that they will put more of an emphasis on sleep health. In the coming generations leadership will see the benefits of a well rested workforce. This could mean a later starting workday — even less hours at the office. Productivity will be seen as a benefit of a well rested workforce, and who knows? Maybe a room full of Nectar foam for bed mattresses? We can dream, can’t we? Now, more than ever, millennials are following their dreams, in bed and in the workplace. Sleep well and conquer the world!