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How to trick mother nature into letting you fly around or stay up all night.

Authors
Revell-VL; Eastman-CI
Source
J Biol Rhythms 2005 Aug; 20(4):353-365
NIOSHTIC No.
20028904
Abstract
Night shift work and rapid transmeridian travel result in a misalignment between circadian rhythms and the new times for sleep, wake, and work, which has health and safety implications for both the individual involved and the general public. Entrainment to the new sleep/wake schedule requires circadian rhythms to be phase-shifted, but this is often slow or impeded. The authors show superimposed light and melatonin PRCs to explain how to appropriately time these zeitgebers to promote circadian adaptation. They review studies in which bright light and melatonin were administered to try to counteract jet lag or to produce circadian adaptation to night work. They demonstrate how jet lag could be prevented entirely if rhythms are shifted before the flight using their preflight plan and discuss the combination of interventions that they now recommend for night shift workers.
Keywords
Circadian-rhythms; Sleep-disorders; Sleep-deprivation; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Shift-work; Shift-workers
CODEN
JBRHEE
Publication Date
20050801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ceastman@rush.edu
Funding Amount
846000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003954
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0748-7304
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Organization of Work
Source Name
Journal of Biological Rhythms
State
IL
Performing Organization
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
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