Emotional Effects of the Duration, Efficiency, and Subjective Quality of Sleep in Healthcare Personnel
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Author/sPérez Fuentes, María Del Carmen; Molero Jurado, María del Mar; Simón Márquez, María del Mar; Barragán Martín, Ana Belén; Gázquez Linares, José Jesús
Considering that both sleep quality and duration are linked to psychological variables, this study analyzed the relationships between sleep components and emotional intelligence and the effects that sleep duration has on stress management and mood in a sample of nurses. The sample was made up of 1073 professionals. Data were collected by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Brief Emotional Intelligence Inventory for Senior Citizens. The results showed that the components of sleep quality were negatively related to stress management and mood. Furthermore, nurses who had short sleep patterns also had low moods and high stress levels. This study emphasizes the importance of subjective sleep quality as a necessary resource for professionals to manage stressful situations and mood and improve their relations with their patients and with each other.