It’s the biggest obstacle to sleep if you’re over 60, study finds

For this study, the researchers wanted to assess the impact of different types of stress on the sleep of elderly people approaching retirement. The first study involved more than 2,700 adults and looked at factors such as physical and mental working conditions, stressful life events and work-life balance.

An additional population study of nearly 4,000 people found that more than half of Finnish men in their 60s and 70% of women had reported sleep disturbances in the previous month.

From the results of the two studies, the researchers were able to distinguish four different factors or components associated with stress: physical workload and shift work, psychosocial workload, non-work-related social and environmental adversity, and life and/or non-health related events. the adversity of work.

As psychology professor and co-author of the study, Marianna Virtanen Ph.D. explains in a press release, “The more work and non-work stressors an employee had, the more sleep problems they also had. .”

The researchers also note that different types of stress impact sleep in different ways. Work-related stress, for example, was linked to persistent sleep problems, while non-work-related stress predicted more sleep problems in the future. Working conditions were also associated with sleep quality, and you guessed it: poor working conditions meant poor quality sleep.

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