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Sleep problems and injuries


Risk of work injury associated with sleep problems, by sex, Canada, 2000-2001

In brief

  • Sleep problems such as insomnia are common among Canadians, and can increase the potential risk of work-related injuries.
  • We used the 2000-2001 Canadian Community Health Survey to examine the association between sleep problems and the risk of work injury in the Canadian working population and to identify high risk working groups.
  • We found that workers who have trouble sleeping are at increased risk for work injuries.
  • Females have a higher risk for injury associated with sleep problems compared to men, and they also have a higher risk for injury associated with work characteristics that can affect sleep, such as working night and rotating shifts.

Related publications

Sleep problems and workplace injuries in Canada

Journal article
Kling R, McLeod C, Koehoorn M. Sleep. 2010; 33(5): 611-618.
Commentary: Teodorescu M, Szklo-Coxe M. Sleep well to stay safe: Ready for Primetime? Sleep. 2010; 33(5): 577-578.

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