Sunday May 19, 2019

Why Workplaces Need To Make Efforts To Promote Their Employees’ Sleep?

Participants reported that when they slept 16 minutes less than usual and had worse quality sleep, they experienced more cognitive issues the next day.

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That raised their stress levels, especially regarding issues related to work-life balance, resulting in them going to bed earlier and waking up earlier due to fatigue. Pixabay

Losing just 16 minutes of sleep during working days can greatly hamper your performance at the workplace, say researchers.

University of South Florida (USF) researchers, in a paper published in the journal Sleep Health, noted that workers are more likely to have poor judgment and fall “off-task” the next day if they lose even minimal on sleep.

“Findings from this study provide empirical evidence for why workplaces need to make more efforts to promote their employees’ sleep,” said lead author Soomi Lee, assistant professor from the School of Aging Studies at the university.

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The cyclical associations reflect that employees’ sleep is vulnerable to daily cognitive stress and also a contributor to cognitively stressful experiences, Lee added. Pixabay

To reach this conclusion, Lee and her colleagues surveyed 130 healthy employees who work in IT and have at least one school-going child.

Participants reported that when they slept 16 minutes less than usual and had worse quality sleep, they experienced more cognitive issues the next day.

That raised their stress levels, especially regarding issues related to work-life balance, resulting in them going to bed earlier and waking up earlier due to fatigue.

“Good sleepers may be better performers at work due to greater ability to stay focused on-task with fewer errors and interpersonal conflicts,” Lee noted, stressing that sleep loss could be the difference between a clear-headed day at the office or one filled with distractions.

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To reach this conclusion, Lee and her colleagues surveyed 130 healthy employees who work in IT and have at least one school-going child. VOA

The cyclical associations reflect that employees’ sleep is vulnerable to daily cognitive stress and also a contributor to cognitively stressful experiences, Lee added.

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Researchers also compared work-days to weekends.

They found that the consequences of less sleep are not as apparent when one has the next day off from work. (IANS)

 

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Kids Spending More Time in Watching TV Get Less Sleep

On an average, young children without TVs in their bedrooms slept 30 minutes more at night than those with a TV in their bedroom

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Pre-schoolers who watch less than one hour of TV per day get 22 more minutes of sleep at night — or nearly 2.5 hours per week — than those who watch more than an hour of TV daily, new research has found.

The study, published in Sleep Health, Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, suggests that TV use by young children affects the quality and duration of sleep, measured by an actigraphic device kids wore like a watch on their wrist.

Moreover, while daytime napping was found to increase among the kids who watched the most TV, it did not fully compensate for the lost sleep at night.

“The good news is, this is addressable. Parents assumed that TV was helping their kids wind down. But it didn’t work. Those kids weren’t getting good sleep, and it wasn’t helping them fall asleep better. It’s good to have this data,” said Rebecca Spencer, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the US.

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Young kids who watch more TV get less sleep. Pixabay

A very diverse group of 470 pre-schoolers participated in the study, wearing actigraphs for up to 16 days. Their parents and caregivers answered questionnaires about demographics and the children’s health and behaviour, including detailed questions on TV use.

The findings showed that pre-schoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who do not.

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On an average, young children without TVs in their bedrooms slept 30 minutes more at night than those with a TV in their bedroom, the study said.

The findings of the researchers come on the heels of new guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which say children between age 2 and 4 years should have no more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” daily – and less or no screen time is even better. (IANS)