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Practical Circadian Interventions for Night Shift Work. R01-OH003954, Years 1 - 3.


PB2015102118

Publication Date 2003
Personal Author Eastman, C. I.
Page Count 43
Abstract The circadian clock assures that diurnal animals, like humans, are alert during the day and asleep at night. Unfortunately, night shift workers are required to work during the 'wrong' phase of their circadian cycle, when they are the most inefficient, sleepy, often fall asleep, and are most prone to accidents. Subsequently, they try to sleep during the day, again during the 'wrong' phase of their circadian cycle, which results in disrupted and shortened sleep. The chronic sleep deprivation exacerbates the problem of having to work at night when the circadian clock makes people the sleepiest. Sleeping pills can help workers sleep during the day, but this does not eliminate the nighttime sleepiness and performance decrements caused by the circadian clock. Stimulants like coffee and pharmacological drugs can help workers remain alert during the night shift, but can interfere with subsequent daytime sleep. Furthermore, there is potential for side-effects, dependence and abuse with most drugs.
Keywords
  • Circadian interventions
  • Night shift work
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Work environment
  • Workers
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stimulants
  • Work-intervals
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
  • 92A - Job Training & Career Development
  • 57W - Stress Physiology
Corporate Authors Rush Univ., Chicago, IL. Medical Center.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes See also PB2015-102119. Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 201507
Contract Number
  • R01-OH-003954
Practical Circadian Interventions for Night Shift Work. R01-OH003954, Years 1 - 3.
Practical Circadian Interventions for Night Shift Work. R01-OH003954, Years 1 - 3.
PB2015102118

  • Circadian interventions
  • Night shift work
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Work environment
  • Workers
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stimulants
  • Work-intervals
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
  • 92A - Job Training & Career Development
  • 57W - Stress Physiology
  • R01-OH-003954
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