We all know the impact our workmates have on our daily life but did you know that they also impact our sleep quality? Psychosocial factors, including a negative social environment at work and high work demands have been shown in research to have a far greater impact on sleep quality than other physical work factors such as shift work or working overtime.

People who don’t feel supported by their co-workers are twice as likely to suffer from sleeping disorders (35% versus 18%). The more stress we feel at work, the less we sleep.

Unfortunately, this becomes a double whammy: stress reduces the quality of our sleep and as we get less sleep, our mood is even worse and our stress levels even higher.

37% of people with severe sleeping problems show a risk of burnout as well; the better you sleep the lower the risk of walking head on into that wall.

In other words, there is no time to waste in improving a stressful work environment. It is also important that we try and detach ourselves from work in our downtime; research shows that not being able to stop thinking about work during our free time is the most common predictor for poor sleep. By making sure that we have a good work environment we can make sure we get a good sleep and enjoy a better life.

Sources: Bundesamt für Statistik, Schweizerische Gesundheitsbefragung 2012. Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace edited by Julian Barling, David T. Wagner. Sleep Journal volume 38, Work and sleep—Psychosocial, physical and scheduling factors. Åkerstedt et al.