Refereed journal article or data article (A1)

Association of job strain with accelerometer-based sleep duration and timing of sleep among older employees

List of Authors: Myllyntausta Saana, Kronholm Erkki, Pulakka Anna, Pentti Jaana, Vahtera Jussi, Virtanen Marianna, Stenholm Sari

Publisher: WILEY

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Journal of Sleep Research

Journal name in source: JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH

Journal acronym: J SLEEP RES

Number of pages: 10

ISSN: 0962-1105


Job strain has been associated with poor sleep quality and could lead to changes in duration and timing of sleep as well. This study examined the association of job strain with sleep duration, bedtimes and awakening times among public sector employees close to their retirement age. Differences in these sleep parameters between workdays and free days across job strain groups were examined. Duration and timing of sleep were measured repeatedly with accelerometers among 466 public sector employees in Finland (mean age 63 years, 86% women), who contributed to 759 measurements in total. Job demands (low/high) and control (low/high) measured by self-reports and job exposure matrix were used to identify low strain (low demand, high control), passive (low, low), active (high, high) and high strain (high, low) jobs. No differences in sleep duration were observed on workdays, whereas on free days those in the high strain group had longer sleep duration than those in the low strain and passive job groups. The high strain group also extended their sleep from workdays to free days more, the extension being on average 59 min (95% CI 42 min-75 min) when adjusted for several sociodemographic, work and health factors. This extension of sleep duration resulted mostly from a greater delay of awakening times from workdays to free days. Psychosocial work factors, such as job strain, need to be considered when promoting sufficient sleep duration among older employees, as those with job strain may have a greater need for recovery and sleep.

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