Impact of Daily Rest Period on Resting Blood Pressure and Fatigue: A One-Month Observational Study of Daytime Employees

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Abstract

Objective:

We aimed to examine the effects of the daily rest period (DRP) on resting blood pressure (BP) and fatigue and determine the optimal DRP for daytime workers.

Methods:

Fifty-four daytime employees participated in a 1-month observational study. BP was measured thrice at the workplace. Employees underwent a pre- and post-survey to determine the usual DRP and assess subjective health outcomes. To determine the optimal DRP, DRP criteria were set as 11, 12, 13, and 14 hours.

Results:

Workers with a shorter DRP had high diastolic BP and fatigue. Diastolic BP was higher in the short group than in the long group for the 14-hour DRP criteria alone.

Conclusions:

Shorter DRP was associated with high diastolic BP. We recommend a longer DRP (≥14 hours) for improving workers’ cardiovascular health.

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