Impact of Shift Work on the Circadian Timing System and Health in Women.

TitleImpact of Shift Work on the Circadian Timing System and Health in Women.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKervezee L, Shechter A, Boivin DB
JournalSleep Med Clin
Volume13
Issue3
Pagination295-306
Date Published2018 Sep
ISSN1556-4088
Abstract

Women who do shift work are a sizable part of the workforce. Shift workers experience circadian misalignment due to shifted sleep periods, with potentially far-reaching health consequences, including elevated risk of sleep disturbances, metabolic disorders, and cancer. This review provides an overview of the circadian timing system and presents the sex differences that can be observed in the functioning of this system, which may account for the lower tolerance to shift work for women compared with men. Recent epidemiologic findings on female-specific health consequences of shift work are discussed.

DOI10.1016/j.jsmc.2018.04.003
Alternate JournalSleep Med Clin
PubMed ID30098749