Social stressors at work, sleep, and recovery

Pereira, Diana; Gross, Sven; Elfering, Achim (2016). Social stressors at work, sleep, and recovery. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 41(1), pp. 93-101. Springer 10.1007/s10484-015-9317-6

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Many employees in service work are required to work on Saturdays, recovering during work-free Sundays and working again Mondays. We examined the effects of social stressors at work on recovery status at Sunday noon and Monday noon, and investigated if sleep quality mediates the negative effects of social stressors at work on recovery. From Saturday until Monday morning, 41 participants wore actigraphs to measure sleep duration and sleep fragmentation. Social stressors at work were assessed by self-reported questionnaires administered on Saturday. Recovery status was reported Sunday noon and Monday noon. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that social stressors at work were negatively related to recovery status on Sunday and on Monday. Supporting our assumptions, more social stressors at work predicted higher sleep fragmentation in the night to Monday. A mediation effect of sleep quality, however, was not found. Theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

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:

1090-0586

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christin Gerhardt

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2017 10:54

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 10:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10484-015-9317-6

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93713

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93713

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