Sleep and Self-Control
Examining the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Workplace Deviance
Organizations are becoming increasingly interested in understanding the causes of workplace deviance. The authors integrate psychological perspectives with neurocognitive evidence to examine the effects of sleep deprivation on workplace deviance.
Utilizing self-regulatory resource theories, they argue that sleep deprivation decreases individuals’ self-control while increasing hostility, resulting in increased workplace deviance. They tested the hypotheses using two samples: one comprised of nurses from a large medical center and another comprised of undergraduate students participating in a lab study. Results from both samples largely converge in supporting our hypotheses.
Michael S. Christian is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. Aleksander Ellis is the Charles and Candice Nelson Fellow and Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona.
Published in Academy of Management Journal, 54(5), 913-934.