The city bus
drivers are more prone to various physical and mental stress due to the
heavy traffic in the city. They are also on shift work causing decrease
in the sleep quality which results in increase in stress level and
negatively impacts on the health and quality of life.
Objective: To assess the stress level among bus drivers in and around city of Chennai Methods: A Cross-sectional study was conducted on a group of 100 city bus drivers from January 2019 to March 2019. The "Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)" questionnaire was used to measure stress level. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to measure of sleep quality.
Results: The PSQI scores were poor in 89% of the studied population. The mean PSQI scores were 10.05 and standard deviation of 3.016. Scores of the Perceived Stress Scale shows that 23 % had low stress, 28 % had moderate stress and 49 % had high stress levels. The study shows significant association between stress levels and poor sleep quality.
Conclusion: The result of the study show that the bus drivers in the city are stressed and the stress is high during middle age.