Two-way sleep associations with daily stress factors and negative mood have been reported in studies. However, little is known about how sleep is related to workers' daily cognitive impairments, or tasks related to tasks and distractions.
A new study by the University of South Florida, scientists examined whether nighttime sleep was due to the next day's cognitive impairment, and vice versa, on weekdays and outside working days.
They found that shortening sleep for just 16 minutes could hamper the work. The next day, the workers have a greater ability to judge and challenge.
Scientists surveyed 130 healthy employees working in the IT sector and having at least one school-age child. Members discovered that when they slept 16 minutes less than usual and had worse sleep quality, the next day they faced more and more psychological problems. This raised their concerns, especially with regard to work-life balance issues.
Leading author, Soomi Lee, Ph.D., Senior Research School Assistant, said: “These cyclical associations reflect the fact that employees' sleep is vulnerable to daily cognitive stress and promotes cognitive stress. The results of this study provide empirical evidence of the need for more effort at workplaces to promote sleep for their employees. Good sleepers can be better performers at work, the greater the ability to stay focused on the task with less mistakes and interpersonal conflicts. ”
The researchers also compared working days with weekends. They conclude that less sleep effects are less obvious when the next day is free.