Sleep and Circadian Disturbances in Shift Work: Strategies for Their Managementvan Reeth O.
Center for the Study of Biological Rhythms, School of Medicine – Free University of Brussels, Belgium andCenter for the Study of Biological Time, Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., USA
More and more businesses are providing their full range of services 24 h a day, 7 days a week, thus forcing their employees to work either rotating shifts or fixed night shifts. Dictates of our endogenous circadian clock prevent our brains and bodies to be indefinitely adaptable to those work schedules. Shift work operations are thus associated with serious healthy and social problems for the workers. Various interventions can counteract circadian desynchronization, sleep disturbances, and social disruption associated with shift work: changes in work schedules, sleeping and napping strategies, use of appropriately timed exposure to bright light, experimental drug treatments, or exercise.
Olivier Van Reeth, MD, PhD
CERB, Hôpital Erasme, Route de Lennik, 808
B–1070 Brussels (Belgium)
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Hormone Research (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology)
Founded 1970 as ‘Hormones’ by M. Marois, Continued 1976 by J. Girard (1976–1995)
Official Organ of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology
Vol. 49, No. 3-4, Year 1998 (Cover Date: March 1998)
Journal Editor: M.B. Ranke, Tübingen
ISSN: 0301–0163 (print), 1423–0046 (Online)
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