Sleep duration increases and sleep difficulties decrease during retirement transition

Follow up study among Finnish public sector employees suggests that during the transition to statutory retirement sleep duration increases by approximately 20 minutes, and also the quality of sleep improves, as retired people experience less early morning awakenings and nonrestorative sleep after retirement than during the final working years.

The study followed approximately 5,800 people who participated in the Finnish Public Sector study by the Finnish Institution of Occupational Health and who retired on a statutory basis in 2000–2011. The participants estimated their sleep duration and the prevalence of different kinds of sleep difficulties in surveys before and after retiring.
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