The prevalence and characteristics associated with excessive daytime sleepiness among Australian workers

Ng, Winda Liviya, Freak-Poli, Rosanne and Peeters, Anna 2014, The prevalence and characteristics associated with excessive daytime sleepiness among Australian workers, Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, vol. 56, no. 9, pp. 935-945, doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000150.

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Title The prevalence and characteristics associated with excessive daytime sleepiness among Australian workers
Author(s) Ng, Winda Liviya
Freak-Poli, Rosanne
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna
Journal name Journal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume number 56
Issue number 9
Start page 935
End page 945
Total pages 11
Publisher Wolters Kluwer
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2014-09
ISSN 1536-5948
Keyword(s) adult
age factors
body mass index
disorders of excessive somnolence
logistic models
middle aged
risk assessment
risk factors
surveys and questionnaires
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and its associated factors in a mixed population of employed Australian workers. METHODS: Study participants (n = 707) were volunteers from various Melbourne workplaces, participating in a workplace physical activity program in 2008. Daytime sleepiness was assessed using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), with EDS defined as ESS scores >10. RESULTS: In this population of adult employees (40.0% male; mean age 40.2 ± 10.4 years), prevalence of EDS was 16.0%. Characteristics associated with EDS and higher ESS scores were age, higher body mass index, markers of poorer diet, and markers of poorer mental health. CONCLUSIONS: Excessive daytime sleepiness is potentially an important contributor to lower productivity and poorer mental health in the workplace. Our finding suggests that workplace health programs aimed at improving diet and body weight may also help alleviate EDS.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000150
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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