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The impact of free-time activities on sleep, recovery and well-being
Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
2008 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 39, no 5, 653-662 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We compared the effects of different types of free-time activity on subjective and objective indices of sleep, recovery and well-being in an experimental field study. Twelve participants spent four consecutive evenings after work in each of three conditions: pursuing quiet leisure activities at home; undertaking active leisure pursuits; doing additional work. Ratings of rest and recuperation, and of satisfaction, were lowest in the additional work condition. There were few other differences between conditions. However, being satisfied with one's evening activities (regardless of which experimental condition was being undertaken) was associated with improved subsequent sleep (self-reported). Evening activities involving lower mental effort were also associated with better-rated sleep, as well as improved recuperation and fatigue the next day. It is concluded that the nature of activity per se may be less important than (1) whether the activity accords with individual preference and (2) the cumulative demands of daytime and evening activities.

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2008. Vol. 39, no 5, 653-662 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86903DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2007.12.002ISI: 000256866100016PubMedID: 18249361OAI: diva2:501143
QC 20120216Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-16Bibliographically approved

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