Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Work Schedules Could Improve Wellbeing

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Work Schedules Could Improve Wellbeing

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A study from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Germany has reported on social jetlag and workers' wellbeing with relation to work shifts and schedules.

During the week, many of us become victims of social jetlag - where we lose sleep due to daily schedules not matching up with our natural body rhythms. This can affect the health and wellbeing of workers, particularly those who work through the night, or on a shift basis. The paper, published in the March issue of Current Biology, suggests that a simple reorganisation of shifts according to a worker's natural chronotype will improve the wellbeing of staff. This would allow workers to gain the adequate amount of sleep on weekdays, reducing the overall sleep loss they need to make up for during their time off.

The group of researchers, who have previously shown the link between social jetlag and obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption, conducted their study in a real-world situation at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe. The company was interested in finding ways to improve their workers' health and to reduce their levels of stress. …

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