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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Person-Directed, Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Sleepiness at Work and Sleep Disturbances Caused by Shift Work

Description of Resource: 
Shift work can cause sleepiness and sleep disorders. This systematic review assessed the effects of person-directed, non-pharmacological interventions for reducing sleepiness at work and improving the length and quality of sleep between shifts for shift workers. It identified 17 trials that evaluated exposure to bright light, napping, or other interventions such as exercise or sleep education. It did not determine whether any person-directed, non-drug interventions can affect shift workers with sleepiness and sleep problems. There is a need for better-designed studies on the effects of bright light, napping, and other interventions.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Occupational Safety and Health
Sleep Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Slanger TE, Gross JV, Pinger A, Morfeld P, Bellinger M, Duhme AL, et al. Person-directed, non-pharmacological interventions for sleepiness at work and sleep disturbances caused by shift work. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Mar 30];(8). Art. No.: CD010641. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010641.pub2. Available from: