Duration of sleep depending on the type of shift work
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- Knauth, P., Landau, K., Dröge, C. et al. Int Arch Occup Environ Health (1980) 46: 167. doi:10.1007/BF00378195
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Time budget studies were performed in eight groups of shift workers. The 9,480 diary records of altogether 1,230 shift workers were analyzed and related to corresponding shift types. The shortest night sleep was found before the morning shift (mean 7.0 h). There were large differences in the duration of day sleep when classifying this sleep into specific types, as day sleep before 1st night shift (mean 2.1 h), between two night shifts (mean 6.1 h), or after last night shift (mean 4.2 h). Average sleep durations of five kinds of day sleep and 12 kinds of night sleep are presented together with 14 frequency distributions of durations of sleep.
It is concluded that there should not be many night shifts in succession and that morning shifts should not begin too early to avoid an accumulation of sleep deficits.