17 March marks World Sleep Day. According to RAND Europe, a lack of sleep among UK workers is costing the economy up to £40 billion a year (equivalent to almost 2% of GDP).

Sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk over the long term, as well as lower productivity levels and increased risk of mistakes and accidents over the short term.

The City of London Corporation’s Business Healthy initiative, Squire Patton Boggs and sleep consultancy Third Pillar of Health are joining together to deliver a free, hour-long webinar for Square Mile businesses, chaired by Xenia Koumi, Project Officer of Business Healthy. The webinar will take place between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. GMT.

Marcus de Guingand from Third Pillar of Health will provide insight into the practical health aspects of sleep, including the link between sleep, stress and performance and the associated costs of sleep deprivation. Laura Clare from Squire Patton Boggs will focus on the health and safety responsibilities of employers with regards to sleep and fatigue. This will include employer duties under legislation and official guidance, how fatigue can affect the workplace and examples of best practice.

Participants will be able to submit questions throughout the presentation via an online chat facility, which will be answered during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.