Shift work associated with impaired cognition

01 December 2014

Shift work is known to disrupt workers’ normal circadian rhythms and social life, and to be associated with increased health problems. However, very little is known about the long-term consequences of shift work on cognitive abilities. Researchers at the Universit√© de Toulouse-CNRS in France assessed the chronicity and reversibility of the effects of shift work on cognition.
They found that shift work was associated with impaired cognition. The association was stronger for exposure durations exceeding 10 years. The recovery of cognitive functioning after having left shift work took at least 5 years. An article about the research is published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Click here for an abstract of the article.

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