Reduced sleep duration and history of work-related injuries among Washington State adolescents with a history of working

BACKGROUND: The relationship between sleep and occupational injury risk has not been adequately explored for working adolescents.
METHODS: Data were analyzed from the 2010 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade public school students. Teens reported average school and weekend night sleep hours and history of work-related injury that received medical treatment. Multivariable logistic regression evaluated the association between sleep duration and occupational injury.
RESULTS: Of 4,144 working teens, 6.4% reported ever having an occupational injury. Teens who sleep ≤5 hr/school night had greater odds of a history of occupational injury than those sleeping 8 hr (OR:2.91, 95% CI:1.85-4.57). No significant association was observed for weekend night sleep duration.
CONCLUSIONS: Reduced school night sleep was associated with increased odds of work-related injury in adolescents. Long hours and late night schedules may contribute to decreased sleep time and potentially have other health and developmental impacts for youth.

Source: Graves JM, Miller ME. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2015.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22416

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