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How to trick mother nature into letting you fly around or stay up all night.
Revell VL; Eastman CI
J Biol Rhythms 2005 Aug; 20(4):353-365
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.
Circadian-rhythms; Sleep-disorders; Sleep-deprivation; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Shift-work; Shift-workers
Issue of Publication
Work Environment and Workforce: Organization of Work
Journal of Biological Rhythms
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division