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Returning from night shift to day life: Beneficial effects of light on sleep

Thorne, HC, Hampton, Shelagh, Morgan, Linda, Skene, Debra and Arendt, Josephine (2010) Returning from night shift to day life: Beneficial effects of light on sleep SLEEP AND BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS, 8 (3). pp. 212-221.

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Subjects working a 12h night shift offshore for 2 weeks normally adapt to the night shift and are out of synchrony when they return home to day life, with consequent problems of poor sleep. The aim of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of timed light treatment to hasten circadian adaptation and improve sleep after the night shift. Ten male shift workers worked 19.00-07.00h (n=4) or 18.00-06.00h (n=6) offshore shift schedules. They were assessed for the last 7 days of a 14 or 21 day night shift offshore and for the following 14 days at home. Either timed light treatment/sunglasses or no light treatment/no sunglasses were scheduled in a crossover design during days 1-5 after the night shift, theoretically timed to advance the circadian system. Subjects wore an Actiwatch-L throughout the study to monitor light and activity and completed daily sleep diaries. Actigraphic sleep efficiency after the light/sunglasses treatment was significantly improved (days 1-5) 86.7 ± 5.8% (light treatment) compared to the no light treatment leg 79.4 ± 10.3% (mean ± SD) P < 0.05. Subjective and objective sleep duration (days 6-14) was significantly improved in the light treatment leg; actigraphic sleep duration was longer after light treatment (6.75 ± 0.50h) compared to 5.76 ± 0.73h, P < 0.05, whilst subjective sleep duration was 8.05 h ± 0.72h compared to 7.32 ± 0.55h, respectively, P < 0.05. If appropriately timed, light and darkness has beneficial effects on sleep efficiency and sleep duration following a night shift.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine > Department of Biochemical Sciences
Authors :
Thorne, HC
Date : 22 July 2010
DOI : 10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00451.x
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: THORNE, H. C., HAMPTON, S. M., MORGAN, L. M., SKENE, D. J. and ARENDT, J. (2010), Returning from night shift to day life: Beneficial effects of light on sleep. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8: 212–221. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00451.x, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Clinical Neurology, Neurosciences, Neurosciences & Neurology, light, melatonin, shift work, sleep, SHORT-WAVELENGTH LIGHT, BRIGHT-LIGHT, 6-SULPHATOXYMELATONIN RHYTHM, MELATONIN SECRETION, CIRCADIAN-RHYTHM, HIGH-SENSITIVITY, ACTION SPECTRUM, WORK, ADAPTATION, PHASE
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 Oct 2012 11:30
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:37

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