Social Stressors at Work, Sleep Quality and Psychosomatic Health Complaints — A Longitudinal Ambulatory Field Study

Pereira, Diana; Elfering, Achim (2014). Social Stressors at Work, Sleep Quality and Psychosomatic Health Complaints — A Longitudinal Ambulatory Field Study. Stress and health, 30(1), pp. 43-52. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/smi.2494

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There is increasing evidence that occupational stress increases psychosomatic health complaints in the long run. However, the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. The present longitudinal actigraphy field study investigated the role of sleep quality--objectively assessed sleep-onset latency, sleep efficiency and sleep fragmentation, and subjectively assessed sleep quality--as a mediator in the relationship between stressful work conditions at time 1 and psychosomatic health complaints at time 2. A longitudinal hierarchical regression analysis revealed that social stressors at work were positively related to objectively assessed sleep fragmentation and to psychosomatic health complaints. Moreover, objectively assessed sleep fragmentation mediated the effect of social stressors at work on psychosomatic health complaints. Contrary to our expectations, social stressors at work were not related to other sleep quality parameters (i.e. sleep-onset latency, sleep efficiency and subjectively assessed sleep quality) during follow-up. Sleep fragmentation is discussed as an important consequence of social stressors at work that increase the risk of psychosomatic health complaints in the long run.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Elfering, Achim

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1532-3005

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christin Gerhardt

Date Deposited:

29 Aug 2016 11:41

Last Modified:

31 Aug 2016 16:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/smi.2494

PubMed ID:

23824588

Uncontrolled Keywords:

actigraphy; longitudinal study; occupational stress; psychosomatic health complaints; sleep; social stress

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.86243

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/86243

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