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Shift work: When sleep deprivation is an occupational hazard

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Pilots, police officers, nurses and doctors, emergency workers, cleaning service providers, road crews, construction laborers, bartenders, hospitality employees, and IT workers all share one thing in common: they often work at night or overnight, and that can mean dangerous problems with sleep deprivation. How does the night shift (aka “graveyard shift” or “third shift”) affect their performance on the job, and might their sleep deprivation affect us as well?

It goes without saying that people who work nights or overnight shifts are the most obvious victims of lost sleep. Take a look at what SHC has uncovered since early December:

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