How do the officials sleep? The assessment of sleep of the public administration workers using objective and subjective methods

Original Article, Pol J Public Health 2021;131: 27-34

Karolina Lau1, Joanna Zembala-John1, Jadwiga Jośko-Ochojska1,
Krzysztof Biernacki2, Elżbieta Świętochowska2

1 Department of Environmental Medicine and Epidemiology, Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland
2 Department of Medical and Molecular Biology, Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland

DOI_disc_logo 10.2478/pjph-2021-0006

© 2021 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (


Sleep impacts our functioning, both on a physical and mental level. This study aimed to assess the officials’ sleep using objective (actigraphic examination) and subjective evalutation methods (self-administered questionnaire and sleep diary).

The analysis revealed that among the officials, sleep deprivation was common. The average actual sleep time in this group was 1-hour shorter than recommended. Officials holding managerial positions more frequently presented worse sleep outcomes affecting their sleep efficiency than lower-level office workers. Workplace stress was associated with reduced sleeping hours and household stress with more frequent night waking.

Keywords: official, sleep, sleep disorders, actigraphy.

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