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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1844-1856.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01844

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Sleep and work: The interactive mechanism

SHENG Xiaotian, LIU Zihan, ZHANG Xichao(), GUO Heng, DA Shu, ZHOU Shiyi   

  1. Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2017-09-11 Online:2018-10-15 Published:2018-08-27
  • Contact: Xichao ZHANG


Sleep-related problems are becoming increasingly severer for workers, which draw great attention from researchers. Based on important empirical researches in recent years, we finish a systematic summary of the conceptualization, measurement, antecedents and consequences of sleep in the workplace. In general, researches measure individual’s sleep from two dimensions including sleep duration and sleep quality. Objective records and subjective reports are both used to collect data. Antecedents of sleep problems can be classified as environmental factors, cognitive factor and behavioral factors. Unsatisfactory sleep also has a negative influence on the psychological state and behaviors of workers, which may lead to workplace deviance and accidents. Future researches can explore deeply the research methods of sleep and pay attention to longitudinal design and experimental design. Also, antecedents and relevant moderators deserve great concern and can be applied for the management policy setting. Besides, sleep problems of aged workers and the impact of work-family conflict on sleep are also meaningful topics.

Key words: sleep, workplace, affect, job performance, intervention