Sleep, immunity and shift workers: A review

Sleep Sci. Jul-Sep 2016;9(3):164-168. doi: 10.1016/j.slsci.2016.10.007. Epub 2016 Nov 6.

Abstract

To date, shift workers represent between 15% and 25% of the modern day workforce. Work time poses a great challenge to workers as it requires that they balance productivity and sleep time between shifts. As a result, these workers experience chronic sleep deprivation with increased fatigue and drowsiness due to this sleep deprivation. The impact of this kind of work on the immune system is not yet known. We conducted a literature review with the aim of evaluating articles on this specific type of work's effects on sleep and immunity.

Keywords: Immunity; Shift work; Sleep.

Publication types

  • Review