Efforts to Improve Sleep Quality Spreading among Japan Firms

Economy

Osaka, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--An increasing number of Japanese companies are working to improve the quality of sleep of their workers, with some seeking business opportunities from "sleep technologies" for comfortable sleep.

In July, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. <4527> launched an effort to improve the sleeping habits of 40 of its workers in three months.

In the project, a designated sheet-like device laid under the mattress measures how much time workers take to fall asleep and how long they are in deep sleep.

Giving scores to the sleep quality of workers, the company, based in the western city of Osaka, informs the workers of problems with their sleep and gives advice to them via smartphones.

A survey conducted by the company in October last year showed that over half of its workers had some dissatisfaction with their sleep and 60 pct said they felt strong drowsiness during daytime.

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