Work characteristics, work-specific wellbeing, and employee sleep

Authored by: Christopher J. Budnick , Larissa K. Barber

The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138955943
eBook ISBN: 9781315665979
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During a typical day, the majority of employed people’s time is spent on two activities: work and sleep. For example, working Americans ages 25–54 spend 37% (8.9 hours) of their day on work-related activities and about 32% of their time sleeping (7.7 hours; “Charts from the American Time Use Survey,” 2015). Although exact work and sleep hours vary, other countries (i.e., France, Germany, Japan, Britain, and Turkey) observe similar trends (“A day in the life,” 2011). Consequently, work and sleep have significant implications for wellbeing among the working population.

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