Sport and health at work: sleep arouses the curiosity of economic players in Gard

Sport and health at work: sleep arouses the curiosity of economic players in Gard

Matthieu Perrot, director of CAF du Gard, Dr Jérôme Liotier and Sébastien Mellado, dir com BP Sud. Midi Free – ALEXIS BETHUNE

On July 3, the Rugby Club Nîmes welcomed the Midi Libre Eco Club to its Drop brasserie, at the Kaufman stadium, for rich discussions around sport and health, particularly in business. The opportunity for some of the economic players present to open up avenues to improve productivity at the same time as well-being at work.

It is one of the main pillars of health according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sleep, long neglected, is beginning to find a place in health prevention policies under the heading of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

While Dr. Jérôme Liotier, a sleep specialist, came to present the conclusions of his studies on sleep apnea among RCN players, the issue seems to have piqued the interest of other speakers and the public: "We come back to basics in the end, you have to eat well, do physical exercise… They already do it, naturally. And then, we forget a factor that athletes note: There is a close link between sports performance and sleep. For example, a colleague studied AS Monaco. The players took a nap thinking that they were going to perform better immediately afterwards. In fact we know that there is sleep inertia which lasts for an hour. Which meant that in the first half they lost two or three goals! We just shifted the nap by one to two hours and that helped improve things at halftime."

Sleep is largely absent from inter-company health policies

Besides the funny aspect of this anecdote, it seems to resonate particularly strongly with the audience. Matthieu Perrot, director of the Family Allowance Fund (CAF) of Gard, will point out: just a few minutes later the benefits of a health CSR policy on absenteeism figures, based on sports facilities, sophrology workshops and… hellip; of showers in the workplace, all for costs that he considers derisory. All that seems to be missing is sleep, as Dr. Liotier pointed out.

Sébastien Mellado, communications director of Banque Populaire du Sud, will agree with this during the following round table: "All these small programs we Did them all, except showers and sleep. But we're thinking about it. […] We realized that CSR was a cross-cutting subject, which will be integrated at all levels of our next roadmap for the years to come".

At the end of the discussions, Dr Liotier enthusiastically welcomed a few questions from people interested in the possible applications of health and sleep prevention in the professional environment. "It’s true that naps are no longer present in our culture!", comments- we. When will hammocks be in the break rooms ?

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