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Sleeping at work: not all about location, location, location

journal contribution
posted on 01.02.2015, 00:00 authored by S M Jay, Brad AisbettBrad Aisbett, M Sprajcer, S A Ferguson
Working arrangements in industries that use non-standard hours sometimes necessitate an 'onsite' workforce where workers sleep in accommodation within or adjacent to the workplace. Of particular relevance to these workers is the widely held (and largely anecdotal) assumption that sleep at home is better than sleep away, particularly when away for work. This narrative review explores the idea that sleep outcomes in these unique work situations are the product of an interaction between numerous factors including timing and duration of breaks, commute length, sleeping environment (noise, movement, vibration, light), circadian phase, demographic factors and familiarity with the sleep location. Based on the data presented in this review, it is our contention that the location of sleep, whilst important, is secondary to other factors such as the timing and duration of sleep periods. We suggest that future research should include measures that allow conceptualisation of other critical factors such as familiarity with the sleeping environment.

History

Journal

Sleep medicine reviews

Volume

19

Pagination

59 - 66

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Paris, France

ISSN

1087-0792

eISSN

1532-2955

Language

ENG

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Elsevier