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BJC adds sleep-improvement program for employees

Big Health, a digital medicine company, has signed a three-year agreement with BJC HealthCare to offer improved sleep quality for its medical plan participants.

bjclogoBJC HealthCare is adding Big Health’s Sleepio, a digital sleep improvement program, to Total Rewards package available to its 31,000 employees across two states.

Sleepio is designed to help reduce insomnia, which often leads to health problems including increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke, anxiety and depression.

Sleepio offers a sleep test and personalized sleep help based on best practices of cognitive behavioral therapy. The six-week program coaches users to address the mental (or cognitive) factors associated with insomnia, such as the “racing mind,” and to overcome the worry and other negative emotions that accompany the experience of being unable to sleep.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health-care organizations in the United States and the largest employer in the state of Missouri.

“Sleep is vital to well-being and physical health, yet many people struggle with insomnia. At BJC HealthCare, we recognize the importance of quality rest and want to offer effective assistance for our team members to gain the health benefits of improved sleep quality,” said Sherry Ward, vice president, HR Operations & Total Rewards at BJC HealthCare.

“Health-care professionals can suffer higher rates of poor physical and emotional well-being due to workplace influences than most other professions,” said Peter Hames, co-founder and CEO of Big Health. “We are proud to work with a world-class health organization like BJC HealthCare to deliver digital medicine that will help employees. Sleepio will help staff improve their own physical, social and emotional health, as they deliver vital care to patients.”

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