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Anonymous Online Treatment and Prevention of Shift Work Sleep Disorder in Companies

Version 1 : Received: 17 June 2019 / Approved: 18 June 2019 / Online: 18 June 2019 (10:40:21 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 18 June 2019 / Approved: 19 June 2019 / Online: 19 June 2019 (10:05:50 CEST)

How to cite: Peter, L.; Reindl, R.; Zauter, S.; Hillemacher, T.; Richter, K. Anonymous Online Treatment and Prevention of Shift Work Sleep Disorder in Companies. Preprints 2019, 2019060172 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0172.v1). Peter, L.; Reindl, R.; Zauter, S.; Hillemacher, T.; Richter, K. Anonymous Online Treatment and Prevention of Shift Work Sleep Disorder in Companies. Preprints 2019, 2019060172 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0172.v1).

Abstract

In western societies about one in six employees works in shifts. Shiftwork is associated with a number of poor somatic and psychological health outcomes, especially sleep issues. Higher rates of absenteeism and accidents in the workplace are possible consequences. Still, prevention programs and treatment options that are specifically tailored to shift workers’ needs are rare. We devised a 4-week online sleep intervention (n = 21) and compared treatment outcomes to our outpatient treatment for shift workers (n = 12). Measures included the WHO-5. ISI, and ESS scales as well as sleep protocols. Shift workers reported worse symptoms of insomnia than other participants. Results show significant average increases in sleep efficiency (+ 7%) and total sleep time (+ 25 min.), as well as significant improvements regarding insomnia symptoms and wellbeing in the online sample. Rates of improvement did not differ between the online and outpatient samples. Sleep disorders affect a relevant part of the working population, especially shift workers. Online approaches to treatment of these issues seem feasible and effective. Randomized controlled trials are needed.

Subject Areas

chronobiology; shiftwork; insomnia; cognitive behavioral therapy, telepsychiatry; occupational health

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