A new study published in the journal Sleep, suggests that there might be a reciprocal, causal pathway between job strain and disturbed sleep, implying that interventions to treat sleep problems might improve work satisfaction.
Results show that higher work demands predicted subsequent sleep disturbances at the two-year follow-up. Similarly, sleep disturbances predicted a higher perception of stress, higher work demands, a lower degree of control, and less social support at work two years later.
According to the authors of the study, their findings align with previous research showing that disturbed sleep increases stress response and emotional reactivity. The results imply that promoting better sleep might improve working life by reducing perceived job stress and minimizing negative attitudes towards work.
The effect of sleep problems on stress emphasizes the importance of good sleep for functioning in everyday life.