Sleep is massively important for good physical and mental health, but today’s 24 hour society means more people than ever are working night shifts.
There isn’t a huge amount of science and research into how best to cope - basically because ultimately it’s bad for you - but the BMJ published an interesting paper.
The main points were:
Working at night disrupts the circadian rhythm and can lead to the accumulation of a sleep debt, impairing performance and health
Full circadian adaptation to night shift work is not possible in the short term
- Night shift workers should be aware of reduced performance during critical tasks and on the journey home
You can read the full article http://bit.ly/BMJsleep