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Contributing Influences of Work Environment on Sleep Quantity and Quality of Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Cross-Sectional Study

Journal Article
January 4, 2016

This article uses survey data collected from 650 nursing assistants to determine how their jobs affect the quality of their sleep. The researchers find that nearly half of the nursing assistants surveyed (46 percent) reported having short sleep durations, while 23 percent reported low sleep quality. The researchers found that sleep quality is linked to seven work-environment factors: physical demands, physical safety, violence at work, psychological demands, decision latitude, social support, and work-family conflict.

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Key Takeaways

"This study examined the influence of the long-term care work environment on sleep quantity and quality of nursing assistants."
"Among 650 nursing assistants in 15 long-term care facilities, 46% reported short sleep duration and 23% reported poor sleep quality."
"Effective workplace interventions should address a variety of work stressors to improve nursing assistants' sleep health."

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