Occupational Exposures and Sleep Disturbances

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  • Those who experience job strain, i.e. a work situation with low decision latitude (personal control of their own working situation) in combination with too high demands, develop more sleep disturbances over time than people who are not subjected to such exposure at work. Those who experience high work related demands, or bullying at work, also have more sleep disturbances.
  • Those who have shift work develop more sleep disturbances over time than people who work standard office hours.
  • In some work environments, people have less symptoms. Those who experience social support at work, high influence over work-related decision and work place justice develop less sleep disturbances over time than people without these work conditions.

How to cite this report: SBU. Occupational exposures and sleep distrubances. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); 2013. SBU report no 216 (in Swedish).

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Published: 4/17/2013
Report no: 216