Losing Sleep? Your Boss, Colleagues May Be to Blame

Working long hours or worried about losing your job? No problem.

Stressed about the conflicts between your boss and co-workers? That’s more likely to make adults lose sleep, according to a study; it is being reported by U.S. News & World Report.

Even those working the graveyard shift are sleeping better than those who are stressing over interpersonal relationships at work, the study said.

“Massive changes over the past half-decade have reshaped the workplace, with major implications for sleep,” said Sarah Burgard, an assistant professor of sociology and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, in a prepared statement. “For many workers, psychological stress has replaced physical hazards.

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Burgard and her assistant studied more than 2,000 American adults over the course of 10 years. They found that those who were frequently upset about something at work were about 1.7 times more likely to suffer sleep problems than those who worked in a positive environment.

Physical strain at work tends to create physical fatigue and leads to restorative sleep, but psychological strain has the opposite effect, making it more difficult for people to sleep.”

Next, Burgard would like to find out how to protect workers from the negative work conditions, so that they may sleep better at night.

Family conflicts and having children under the age of 3 also contributed to poor sleep, Burgard said.

If you have trouble sleeping, the National Sleep Foundation offers these tips:

— Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening

— Do not exercise in the three hours prior to going to bed

— Don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep or sex so that your body associates your bed with sleep

— Don’t nap during the day

— Take a hot bath before going to bed

— If you can’t sleep after 30 minutes of being in bed, don’t stay in bed. Get up and read or listen to music until you feel sleepy. The key is to clear your mind.

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