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Sleep: the foundation of resilience

To succeed in today’s frenetic, 24/7 and interconnected global workplace, adaptability is key. It’s not a question of whether stresses and challenging life events will occur; that’s simply inevitable. The question employers are increasingly asking is: how can they best enable their teams to develop the mental resources they need to maintain peak performance in the face of adversity?

The ingredients of psychological resilience have been the subject of decades of scientific research. While the labels may vary by study, there are severalcore components which can be considered the building blocks of bouncing back from tough times:

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Topics: Mental health, Sleep, insomnia, resilience, stress

Why sleep matters

Sleep experts agree that we need at least seven hours of sleep to function at our best. However, if an uninterrupted seven hours of shut-eye sounds like an unusual luxury to you, you’re not alone. In fact, 4 out of 10 adults are sleep deprived and approximately half of those adults have insomnia. Sleep problems impact wide-ranging factors such as mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular health, and obesity and have been linked to 7 of the 15 leading causes of death.

In this blog post, I extract the main findings from my latest white paper, Why Sleep Matters, which references findings from over 50 published academic articles. The results may have you rethinking the next time you skimp on sleep.

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Topics: Mental health, Sleep, insomnia

The dawn of digital medicine

Peter Hames 06.09.2017

If you’ve ever visited a doctor you’ll probably be aware that drugs dominate healthcare. Almost 60% of Americans use prescription drugs and three quarters of all US doctors’ visits involve prescribing, contributing to over $800bn in global drug sales. But this is about to change. For the first time since the modern drug industry was founded 150 years ago there is a credible alternative: digital medicine.

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Topics: Digital medicine

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