Work Hard, Snore Hard: Recovery from Work for Early Career Researchers

Eka Gatari, Bram Fleuren, Alden Yuanhong Lai

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Being an early career researcher often means having to work intensely on projects and articles. Periods with heavy workloads are common, and proper recovery during breaks or after work can sometimes not take place because of limited time. As prolonged periods of intense work with little rest may lead to long-term negative effects, this chapter discusses the importance of recovery and several actionable tips to consider for early career researchers. We begin with a brief personal example that illustrates why sufficient rest is needed. Next, we introduce recovery from work concepts. We explain that optimal recovery from work on a daily basis is necessary to offset negative long-term effects such as fatigue and burnout. Based on research in occupational health psychology, we provide several practical tips on how to recover well and overcome challenges related to recovery from work. The aim is to help early career researchers in preventing exhaustion or eventually burnout, so they can keep doing their work in a sustainable way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurvival Guide for Early Career Researchers
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783031107542
ISBN (Print)9783031107535
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Early career researcher
  • Mental health
  • Recovery experiences
  • Recovery from work
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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