There is a conflict between the endogenous (biologic) circadian rhythm and the timing and duration of sleep due to work schedule. For more information on Shift Worker Disorder visit our Shift Worker Disorder page.
Who is at risk?
10% of shift workers, 25-30% of all nightshift workers, 25% of rotating shift workers. One out of every five workers.
Why is shift work disorder important to treat?
Increased workplace accidents/errors/mistakes, Lower job performance/productivity, Lower job retention/satisfaction, Decreased longevity/mortality, Increased short term and long term liabilities
Increased illnesses/morbidity and increased medical resource utilization/costs –
Metabolic (Diabetes, Hypertension, Endocrine, Cholesterol), Obesity, Infections, Cardiovascular (Cardiac and Cerebral), Depression, Cancer, Workplace accidents (injury to self and/or others)
Treatment of Shift Worker Disorder
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