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Sleep Health Promotion in the Workplace

Post-Graduate School of Occupational Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 00168 Rome, Italy
State Police Health Service Department, Ministry of the Interior, 00198 Rome, Italy
Department of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Genetics and Maternal-Infantile Sciences, University of Genoa, 16126 Genoa, Italy
Research Unit of Reggio Calabria, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Italian National Research Council, 89124 Calabria, Italy
Department of Woman/Child & Public Health, Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7952;
Received: 11 October 2020 / Revised: 25 October 2020 / Accepted: 27 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sleep Quality and Health-Related Outcomes)
Poor sleep and sleepiness in the workplace are associated with accidents. A workplace sleep health promotion program was implemented in an Italian police unit. Of the 242 police officers in the unit, 218 (90%) agreed to take part in the program. A crossover trial was made in which the police officers were divided into two groups that performed sleep health promotion activities in the first and second year, respectively. The first group of officers showed significant sleep improvements at the end of the first year, while the second group had similar or worse parameters than at baseline. At follow-up, a significant improvement in the quantity and quality of sleep was reported in both groups. Sleep improvements at follow-up were associated with a marked reduction in the frequency of accidents at work and near-misses. Before the intervention, sleepiness was the best predictor of injuries (aOR 1.220; CI95% 1.044–1.426) and near-misses (aOR 1.382; CI95% 1.182–1.615). At follow-up, when sleep conditions had improved, insomnia symptoms were the most significant predictors of work accidents (aOR 13.358; CI95% 2.353–75.818). Sleep health promotion can be useful in police officers. View Full-Text
Keywords: workplace health promotion; sleep quality; sleep hygiene; sleepiness; safety; insomnia; sleep deprivation; injury; near-miss; police workplace health promotion; sleep quality; sleep hygiene; sleepiness; safety; insomnia; sleep deprivation; injury; near-miss; police
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Garbarino, S.; Tripepi, G.; Magnavita, N. Sleep Health Promotion in the Workplace. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7952.

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