Sleep and productivity: When one affects the other

Trouble sleeping? Over 40% of adults suffer from sleep issues.


Sleep disorders are one of the most common – and one of the most costly – chronic illnesses. Managing sleep issues is an essential component of any workplace health and wellness strategy.

Sleep disorders seriously damage employees’ health

  • Sleep disorders increase the risk of: hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, mental health issues, reduced cognitive health.
  • Sleep issues also impact employers: absenteeism, presenteeism, workplace and road accidents, mistakes, increased use of medication.
  • Lost productivity: $5,000 a year for each employee with insomnia.
  • Presenteeism: 28 days a year vs. 3 days for a good sleeper – that’s 5 weeks of work lost per employee with insomnia.
  • Healthcare costs: 75% higher for poor sleepers vs. good sleepers.

At Desjardins, we take sleep disorders seriously. We offer two sleep health programs: awareness-raising and prevention and intervention.

Desjardins Insurance’s sleep solutions

Awareness-raising and prevention

Our clients have access to an online kit that makes it easy for them to launch a ready-made awareness-raising and prevention campaign for both managers and employees. It’s free of charge and includes:

  • A sleep guide
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Videos
  • A poster
  • Email templates.


But what if it’s too late for a prevention program? What about employees who are already suffering from sleep issues?

We’ve partnered with an innovative company, HALEO, that works in partnership with the Sleep Health Institute at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital) in Boston. HALEO provides clinically-proven solutions to effectively screen, diagnose and treat sleep disorders in the workplace.

And we know it works, because we conducted a pilot project with 1,800 of our employees. The results are now in! See for yourself how effective this kind of program can be

  • Employees are ready and willing to participate
  • A majority noticed an improvement in their sleep, work and life
  • And, yes, you’ll get a real return on your investment!


  • Report on the impact of sleep disorders on the workplace and what some companies have done to address them
  • Summary of our pilot project results
Get the reports​



Watch our Forum 360° webcast to find out more about sleep disorders and what to do about them.

Video - An employer’s response to the pilot project results

An employer’s response to the pilot project results (2 min 07 s)

Hear what our Vice-President of Human Resources has to say about our sleep health pilot project.

Video - Employee experience

Employee experience (2 min 07 s)

Hear what two of our employees had to say about how the pilot project affected their lives.

1. A complete bibliography of all sources used in the preparation of Levia’s full report is included in the summary report.