Associations of work-related stress and total sleep time with cholesterol levels in an occupational cohort of Japanese office workers

Keiko Meguro, Thomas Svensson, Ung Il Chung, Akiko K. Svensson

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the associations of total sleep time (TST) and occupational stress based on the Brief Job Stress Questionnaire (BJSQ) with cholesterol levels in an occupational cohort of Japanese office workers. METHODS: The present study is a secondary analysis of a subset of participants from a randomized controlled trial. Participants were 179 employees from 5 companies in Tokyo who participated as the intervention group in a 3-month lifestyle intervention study among office workers with metabolic syndrome or at risk of metabolic syndrome. All intervention-group participants used a mobile app and a wearable device. The final population for analysis in the present study were 173 participants. Cholesterol measures were derived from participants' annual health check-up data in the fiscal year preceding their inclusion in the study. Multiple linear regression models were used to determine the association between exposures and outcome. RESULTS: Overall, stress levels were significantly and inversely associated with LDL-C (-7.12 mg/dl; 95% CI: -11.78, -2.45) and LDL-C/HDL-C ratio (-0.16 mg/dl; 95% CI: -0.27, -0.04) per standard deviation increase. Compared to average TST 5.9-7.2 hours, average TST of 4.0-5.3 hours (-4.82 mg/dl; 95% CI: -9.22, -0.43) was inversely associated with HDL-C. CONCLUSION: Incremental increases of stress were significantly and inversely associated with LDL-C and LDL-C/HDL-C ratio. The shortest average TST was inversely associated with HDL-C. The results should be interpreted with care given certain methodological limitations.

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TidskriftJournal of Occupational Health
StatusPublished - 2021

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