The power of presence: The role of mindfulness at work for daily levels and change trajectories of psychological detachment and sleep quality

U. Hülsheger*, J. Lang, H. Alberts, F Depenbrock, C. Fehrman, F.R.H. Zijlstra

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In this research, we examined the role of mindfulness for recovery from work using a daily diary design (N = 121; 5 days; 3 measurement occasions per day). The first goal of the study was to investigate the relationship of mindfulness with sleep quality and the mediating role of psychological detachment from a day-level perspective. A second goal was to extend the process perspective in recovery research beyond the day level and consider systematic change trajectories in recovery variables over the course of the work week and the role of mindfulness in these trajectories. Results regarding day-level relationships confirmed that mindfulness experienced during work was related to subsequent sleep quality, and this relationship was mediated by psychological detachment from work in the evening. Furthermore, an investigation of the role of mindfulness in recovery change trajectories supported the idea that psychological detachment trajectories increase over the work week for individuals low on mindfulness while there was no systematic mean-level change for individuals high on mindfulness. In contrast, sleep quality followed a linear increase from Monday to Friday for all individuals, irrespective of their levels of trait mindfulness. Practical and theoretical implications for the mindfulness and the recovery literature are discussed in conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1128
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number6
Early online date10 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2014

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