Optimising Sleep For Night Shift Workers

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

 

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