Assessment of the Light Exposures of Shift-working Nurses in London and Dortmund in Relation to Recommendations for Sleep and Circadian Health

Source avec lien : Annals of Work Exposures and Health, (wxab092). 10.1093/annweh/wxab092

L’étude identifie et quantifie plusieurs des caractéristiques de l’exposition à la lumière liées aux différents modes de travail en hiver, au printemps et en été, et quantifie les variations interindividuelles. Ces données permettent de concevoir en connaissance de cause des interventions en matière d’exposition à la lumière ou des modifications des postes de travail afin de réduire les effets indésirables des profils d’exposition à la lumière perturbateurs.

Shift work causes disruption to circadian physiological processes in the human body, and desynchronization from the natural day-and-night rhythm. Circadian disruption is thought to explain the associations between shift work and various long-term diseases; light is an unrivalled synchronizer (or Zeitgeber) of circadian processes and inappropriate light exposure plausibly plays a critical role in the development of health impairments. As published measurement data on the actual light environments encountered by shift workers are sparse, nurses working in two hospitals in London (UK) and Dortmund (Germany) wore light-logging dosimetry devices to measure personal light exposures continuously over a week in three different seasons. The study identifies and quantifies several of the characteristics of light exposure related to different working patterns in winter, spring, and summer, and quantifies interindividual variations. These data enable informed design of light exposure interventions or changes to shifts to reduce unwanted effects of disruptive light exposure profiles.

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