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Evaluation of a Workplace-Based Sleep Education Program

Burton, Wayne N. MD; Chen, Chin-Yu PhD; Li, Xingquan MS; McCluskey, Maureen RN; Erickson, Denise RN; Barone, Daniel MD; Lattarulo, Charles PhD; Schultz, Alyssa B. PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2016 - Volume 58 - Issue 9 - p 911–917
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000824

Introduction: Poor sleep is common among working adults. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with health problems. A healthy sleep educational program (using webinars and other intranet-based resources) was offered to employees of a financial services corporation.

Methods: In 2015, a total of 357 employees (50% completion rate) completed both a pre- and post-program questionnaire assessing sleep quality and workplace productivity.

Results: Many aspects of sleep statistically improved from T1 to T2 for program participants. These included improvements in hours of sleep, sleep quality, ease of getting asleep, feeling rested, nights of poor sleep, job performance, days of sleepiness, and others. Employees reporting any limitation in productivity also showed significant improvement.

Conclusions: This workplace healthy sleep intervention was associated with significant improvements in sleep quality and quantity among program participants.

University of Illinois at Chicago, American Express Company (Dr Burton); University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, Ann Arbor (Dr Chen, Mr Li, Dr Schultz); American Express Company (Ms McCluskey, Ms Erickson, Dr Lattarulo), New York; and Weil Cornell Medical College, Center for Sleep Medicine, New York (Dr Barone).

Address correspondence to: Wayne N. Burton, MD, American Express Company, 200 Vesey Street, MC 1-38-05, New York, NY 10285-3805 (

No funding was provided for this study.

Authors have no relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.

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