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ERIC Number: EJ886320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Perceived Sleepiness, Sleep Habits and Sleep Concerns of Public School Teachers, Administrators and Other Personnel
Amschler, Denise H.; McKenzie, James F.
American Journal of Health Education, v41 n2 p102-109 Mar-Apr 2010
Background: Sleep deprivation is a world-wide health concern. Few studies have examined the sleep behaviors of those employed in the education field. Purpose: To describe the sleep habits and concerns of school personnel in a Midwest school corporation. Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data about demographics, the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Sleep Measure, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and sleep concerns. Data were analyzed using univariate and bivariate procedures. Results: Almost 25% of teachers reported daily activities were impaired by sleepiness and 43% slept an average of six hours or less per night. Female respondents reported significantly poorer sleep. Overall, school employees experienced more sleep problems than reported by the general U.S. population. Discussion: This study confirmed the existence of sleep deprivation among school personnel. Sleepy teachers are at higher risk of providing insufficient supervision and inferior instruction. They also report more mood swings and are at higher risk for health problems. Little attention has been given to the sleep concerns and behaviors of school personnel, and there is a need for further research. Translation to Health Education Practice: Education regarding the importance of sleep and how to get a good night's sleep should be included in employee wellness programming. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana