Work Patterns Linked to Sleep Problems

Friday 23rd April 2010

New research seems to show that working night shifts can be linked to sleep problems. The study carried out at Swansea University, Wales, suggests that people aged between 30 and 40 who work night shifts are at increased risk of developing a number of sleep disorders.

Researchers studied the sleep and work patterns of workers who varied in age. They found that younger people who developed sleep problems due to shift work were more likely to leave their employment and thus, were not at increased risk of shift-related sleep disorders. Middle aged workers, however, were much more likely to have problems falling asleep and were more likely to wake up early.

The research, published in the April edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, also suggests that shift work related sleep problems can be gradually reversed by changing to a day time work pattern. The research confirms the link between shift work and sleep disorders that has long been suspected. It is hoped that this new research will allow shift workers to better understand and treat sleep problems they may experience.


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