Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Women in the Executive Office: Job Stress & Insomnia

A new study examines the sleep quality of men and women who are executives or managers. Does job stress affect their sleep?

Results suggest that female executives may be more prone to sleep problems than male executives. The risk is greatest for women who have isolated, demanding jobs.

The study also shows that having a high level of control on the job reduces the risk of poor sleep quality. Social support also has a “buffering effect.” Having a strong network of social support promotes good sleep for women with a high-strain job.

According to the AASM, job stress can be a cause of
adjustment insomnia. This involves disturbed sleep or sleeplessness that may last for a few days or a few weeks. Other symptoms may include anxiety, worry and tension.

How can you prevent job stress from disturbing your sleep? One way is to avoid “bedwork.” Never bring any work to bed with you; make your bed a refuge from your job.

Get other helpful tips and learn more about job stress and sleep at SleepEducation.com.

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