31.01.2019

Diet, Physical Activity, and Daylight Exposure Patterns in Night-Shift Workers and Day Workers

Night-shift work has been reported to have an impact on nutrition, daylight
exposure, and physical activity, which might play a role in observed health effects.
Because these exposures show diurnal variation, and shift work has been related
with disturbances in the circadian rhythm, the timing of assessment of these
factors requires careful consideration. Our aim was to describe the changes in
patterns of diet, physical activity, and daylight exposure associated with
night-shift work.

The Annals of Work Exposures and Health recently published a study including 69
night-shift workers and 21 day workers. Night-shift workers were less exposed
to daylight during the night-shift session compared to the non-night-shift
session. Total caloric intakes did not significantly differ between sessions,
but the researchers did observe a shorter maximum fasting interval, more eating
moments, and a higher percentage of fat intake during the night-shift session.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Annals of Work Exposures and Health