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Improving Sleep: Outcomes From a Worksite Healthy Sleep Program

Steffen, Mark W. MD, MPH; Hazelton, Angela C. BS; Moore, Wendy R. RN; Jenkins, Sarah M. MS; Clark, Matthew M. PhD; Hagen, Philip T. MD, MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 2015 - Volume 57 - Issue 1 - p 1–5
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000370
Original Articles

Objective: Unhealthy and inadequate sleep is a common and significant problem impacting absenteeism, presenteeism, health, and productivity. This study aimed at analyzing the effect of a worksite-based healthy sleep program.

Methods: Retrospective analysis of 53 adult members of a worksite wellness center who participated in an 8-week healthy sleep program and completed pre- and postintervention health behavior questionnaires.

Results: Following the intervention participants felt significantly more rested, more confident in their ability to deal with sleep problems, and more knowledgeable about sleep. In addition, they reported a reduction in their stress level, improved quality of life, and increase energy level.

Conclusions: These results support the effectiveness of worksite programs designed to promote healthy sleep. Future randomized studies are needed to further investigate the effectiveness and optimal delivery of healthy sleep promotion.

From Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine (Dr Steffen), Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (Mrs Hazelton), Center for Sleep Medicine (Ms Moore), Biomedical Statistics and Informatics (Mrs Jenkins), Psychology (Dr Clark), and Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine (Dr Hagen), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Address correspondence to: Mark W. Steffen, MD, MPH, Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine, 200 First St SW, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 (steffen.mark@mayo.edu).

Authors Steffen, Hazelton, Moore, Jenkins, Clark, and Hagen have no relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.

The JOEM editorial board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.

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