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Beyond working time: factors affecting sleep behaviour in rail safety workers.
Accid Anal Prev. 2012 Mar; 45 Suppl:32-5.AA

Abstract

There are many factors that may affect the sleep behaviour and subsequent fatigue risk of shift workers. In the Australian rail industry the emphasis is primarily on the impact of working time on sleep. The extent to which factors other than working time might affect the sleep behaviour of employees in the large and diverse Australian rail industry is largely unknown. The present study used sleep, work and fatigue diaries completed for two weeks, in conjunction with actigraphy, to understand the contribution of demographic and health factors to sleep behaviour in 40 rail safety workers. Both shift type and having dependents were significant predictors of sleep duration (P<.05). Sleep duration was greatest prior to night shifts, followed by afternoon shifts and morning shifts. Participants with dependents got significantly less sleep than participants without dependents. Both timing of sleep and smoking were significant predictors of sleep quality (P<.05). Day sleeps were associated with lower subjective sleep quality than night sleeps and smokers reported poorer sleep quality than non-smokers. These findings indicate that factors other than working time have the potential to influence both the sleep duration and subjective sleep quality of rail safety workers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia. jessica.paterson@unisa.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22239928

Citation

Paterson, Jessica L., et al. "Beyond Working Time: Factors Affecting Sleep Behaviour in Rail Safety Workers." Accident; Analysis and Prevention, vol. 45 Suppl, 2012, pp. 32-5.
Paterson JL, Dorrian J, Clarkson L, et al. Beyond working time: factors affecting sleep behaviour in rail safety workers. Accid Anal Prev. 2012;45 Suppl:32-5.
Paterson, J. L., Dorrian, J., Clarkson, L., Darwent, D., & Ferguson, S. A. (2012). Beyond working time: factors affecting sleep behaviour in rail safety workers. Accident; Analysis and Prevention, 45 Suppl, 32-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2011.09.022
Paterson JL, et al. Beyond Working Time: Factors Affecting Sleep Behaviour in Rail Safety Workers. Accid Anal Prev. 2012;45 Suppl:32-5. PubMed PMID: 22239928.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Beyond working time: factors affecting sleep behaviour in rail safety workers. AU - Paterson,Jessica L, AU - Dorrian,Jill, AU - Clarkson,Larissa, AU - Darwent,David, AU - Ferguson,Sally A, Y1 - 2011/10/24/ PY - 2011/04/21/received PY - 2011/08/08/revised PY - 2011/08/11/accepted PY - 2012/1/14/entrez PY - 2012/1/18/pubmed PY - 2012/12/10/medline SP - 32 EP - 5 JF - Accident; analysis and prevention JO - Accid Anal Prev VL - 45 Suppl N2 - There are many factors that may affect the sleep behaviour and subsequent fatigue risk of shift workers. In the Australian rail industry the emphasis is primarily on the impact of working time on sleep. The extent to which factors other than working time might affect the sleep behaviour of employees in the large and diverse Australian rail industry is largely unknown. The present study used sleep, work and fatigue diaries completed for two weeks, in conjunction with actigraphy, to understand the contribution of demographic and health factors to sleep behaviour in 40 rail safety workers. Both shift type and having dependents were significant predictors of sleep duration (P<.05). Sleep duration was greatest prior to night shifts, followed by afternoon shifts and morning shifts. Participants with dependents got significantly less sleep than participants without dependents. Both timing of sleep and smoking were significant predictors of sleep quality (P<.05). Day sleeps were associated with lower subjective sleep quality than night sleeps and smokers reported poorer sleep quality than non-smokers. These findings indicate that factors other than working time have the potential to influence both the sleep duration and subjective sleep quality of rail safety workers. SN - 1879-2057 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22239928/Beyond_working_time:_factors_affecting_sleep_behaviour_in_rail_safety_workers_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0001-4575(11)00259-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -