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J Occup Health year 2008 volume 50 number 1 page 24 - 30
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Title Relationships between Self-Rating of Recovery from Work and Morning Salivary Cortisol
Author Klas GUSTAFSSON1, Petra LINDFORS2, Gunnar ARONSSON1 and Ulf LUNDBERG2
Organization 1Department of Psychology, Stockholm University and 2Department of Psychology, Stockholm University and Center for Health Equity Studies, Sweden
Keywords Recovery, Self-ratings, Salivary cortisol, Allostatic load
Correspondence K. Gustafsson, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Frescati Hagvag 14, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden (e-mail: klas.gustafsson@psychology.su.se)
Abstract Relationships between Self-Rating of Recovery from Work and Morning Salivary Cortisol: Klas GUSTAFSSON, et al. Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden-To date, the understanding of how recovery from work relates to cortisol output is poor. Considering this, the present study set out to investigate the associations between self-ratings of 15 items of rest and recovery and salivary cortisol sampled every second hour across two working days. Data came from 12 female and 13 male whitecollar workers and were analyzed by linear regression analyses and repeated measures ANOVA. Poor rest and recovery was associated with high levels of morning cortisol, with the strongest relationships emerging for grested in the morningh, grested after a weekendh, gfeel energetic during the working dayh, gtired during the working dayh, gsufficient sleeph and gworry about somethingh. Moreover, significant interaction effects emerged between sex and grested after a weekendh and gworry about somethingh. To conclude, the findings show that self-ratings of rest and recovery are related to cortisol, particularly to morning cortisol, and that self-ratings provide important information on physiological recovery in terms of cortisol output.