Supportive Supervisors & Co-Workers Improve Sleep
New research conducted by a team of Scandinavian-based researchers highlights how having supportive supervisors improve sleep. Drawing from extensive data obtained from the Work Environment and Health in Denmark study, Finnish Public Sector Study, and Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health, the researchers analyzed responses from nearly 115,000 participants over a period of up to six years. (Study: JAMA Network Open)
The participants were specifically questioned about their workplace environment, focusing on factors such as leaders’ listening skills, perceived fairness, co-worker support, and collaboration. The researchers discovered that those who reported favorable psychological and social support at work experienced a notable decrease in the risk of sleep disturbances.
During the study, approximately 53% of the participants reported a change in their workplace environment within a two-year period. Positive changes in the work environment directly reduced the risk of various sleep disturbances, including difficulties in falling and staying asleep, poor-quality sleep, and experiencing daytime tiredness over one to three months.
Based on these significant findings, the researchers emphasize the importance of implementing multilevel workplace interventions to promote both short- and long-term sleep quality among workers.
By optimizing the work environment and fostering supportive relationships among colleagues and superiors, individuals can pave the way for improved sleep patterns and overall well-being.
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- The results revealed that participants who had their windows open reported experiencing deep sleep. 87% of them expressing this compared to 70% of those who slept with closed windows. Furthermore, participants who slept with an open window performed better on the cognitive test the following morning.
- This suggests that individuals should ventilate their bedrooms with clean outdoor air or supply them with air that is equivalent to clean outdoor air during the night.