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Document ID (ISN)110852
CIS number 10-0432
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pallesen S., Bjorvatn B., Mager°y N., Saksvik I.B., Waage S., Moen B.E.
Title Measures to counteract the negative effects of night work
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.36, No.2, p.109-120. Illus. 165 ref.
Internet access Measures_to_counteract.pdf [in English]
Abstract Night work is associated with various negative health outcomes as well as accidents and reduced productivity. The aim of this literature survey was to identify factors that may counteract the negative effects of night work. Studies were identified describing countermeasures such as proper personnel selection, bright light therapy, melatonin administration, naps, exercise, sleepiness detection devices, and the use of stimulants to improve wakefulness and hypnotics to improve daytime sleep. Some studies support countermeasures such as bright light, melatonin, naps, use of stimulants and proper work scheduling as a means to improve adaptation to night work. However, there is little evidence that such countermeasures reduce the long-term health consequences of night work.
Descriptors (primary) night work; state of health; health programmes
Descriptors (secondary) workbreaks; sleep disturbances; programme evaluation; hormone therapy; reliability; artificial lighting; physical fitness programmes; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hours of work
Lighting and colour
Physical fitness programmes