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PEREIRA, Érico Felden et al. Sleep quality and quality of life perception in orchestra musicians. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2010, vol.37, n.2, pp.48-51. ISSN 0101-6083.

BACKGROUND: The health and work conditions of professional musicians have been little investigated. OBJECTIVES: Identify the frequency of poor sleep quality in a group of orchestra musicians and examine possible associations with the variables of perception of overall quality of life. METHOD: The sleep quality, the chronotype and overall quality of life were evaluated by mean questionnaire of Pittsburgh, Horne-Ostberg e WHOQOL-bref, respectively, at 22 musicians (17 men and five women) in an orchestra. RESULTS: The prevalence of poor sleep quality was 71%. The dimensions most associated with quality of sleep were the ability to perform activities of day-to-day (p = 0.003) and labor (p = 0.004), pain and discomfort (p = 0.006), satisfaction with personal relationships (p = 0.007) and the ability to enjoy life (p = 0.008). The physical analysis of quality of life was the greatest explanatory power for the sleep quality (34%). The chronotype and hours of sleep do not show association with the quality of sleep. DISCUSSION: We found a high frequency of poor sleep quality among orchestra musicians. Measures to promote sleep quality in this population should prioritize the variables related to quality of life in its physical aspect.

Keywords : Ergonomic; musicians; quality of life; sleep quality; sleep; work.

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