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Problems at work can lead to troubled sleep

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Amy Pyle  |  Apr 18, 2016
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Sleep, anxiety and insomnia

Do you lie in bed at night tossing and turning thinking about your job? Perhaps you finally fall asleep only to wake up a few hours later worrying about job demands.

A new study may help explain your sleeplessness. It suggests that a number of emotional and social work factors can have an impact on your sleep.


More than 5,000 people from a variety of jobs completed surveys about sleep and work. Results show that four factors most strongly predicted sleep problems:
  • Conflict in the workplace
  • A lack of control over job decisions
  • Excessive job demands
  • A lack of support from managers
The study also suggests that the negative effects of work on sleep can be long-lasting.

Talk to your doctor if work-related issues have a lasting impact on your sleep. Practicing healthy sleep habits also may help get your sleep back on track.

Learn more about the study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: Effects of Psychological and Social Work Factors on Self-Reported Sleep Disturbance and Difficulties Initiating Sleep  

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