“Sleep hours plays a central role in our daily lives. A day with less stress and conflict is followed by a night where it’s easier to get to sleep. Having a good night of sleep is more likely to be followed by a workday with less stress and conflict. In this case, sleep is a powerful source of resilience in difficult times,” said Orfeu Buxton, associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, director of the Sleep, Health and Society Laboratory, and senior author of the two studies.
Data for both studies are from a larger study called the Work, Family & Health Study, which was designed to examine multisite companies within the information technology and the extended-care (nursing home) sectors.
In the first study, based on 1,600 daily interviews with 102 midlife employees in the IT industry, daily psychosocial stressors—including stressful events, situations and tensions at work, school or home—and nightly sleep had reciprocal influences, according to Soomi Lee, lead author and Penn State postdoctoral scholar.
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