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Document ID (ISN)105257
CIS number 06-973
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Boivin D.V., James F.O.
Title Light treatment and circadian adaptation to shift work
Bibliographic information Jan. 2005, Vol.43, No.1, p.34-48. Illus. 168 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Work at unconventional times can have both long and short-term consequences for workers. Shift workers are often required to perform their duties at times that are not favoured by the body's endogenous clock. Night shift workers often report reductions in alertness and performance at work or difficulty in attaining recuperative sleep during the day. This article explains how shift work can affect the body's circadian rhythm and discusses how bright light technology may be used to manage shift work problems.
Descriptors (primary) artificial light; circadian rhythm; work time schedules; shift work
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; night work; light adaptation; vigilance; work efficiency
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Non-ionizing radiation
Hours of work