Sleep Deprivation Study

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The study Auditory Attention and Comprehension During a Simulated Night Shift: Effects of Task Characteristics is about negative impacts night shifts and sleep deprivation have on a person. Their logic is that night shifts lead to sleep deprivation which in turn negatively affects performance. Language processing is also observed during the study as well. “Human endogenous circadian rhythms interact with shiftwork resulting in sleep deprivation which negatively affects performance (Reinberg, Ashkenazi, 2008) and health (Arendt, 2010). The purpose of the study was to better understand the impact of sleep deprivation has on working the night shift and vice versa. The authors hypothesized that people that work the night shift suffer from a decrease …show more content…
Weather issues were also minimal (besides fog) compared to the afternoon shift. If you had coffee on hand, you could make it through your night shift. We were based out of Houston, Texas so afternoon thunderstorms, etc. were a daily occurrence which would cause drama for everyone during the day shift. The worst part about the night shift was getting up at midnight to go to work. Other than that we stayed busy at a good pace. Back then I was happy to work the night shift because it was a less stressful situation; however, after reading this study I am glad that I no longer deal with morning shifts that begin at
1am. Once my night shift had ended I was completely exhausted especially when it came to the weekends. Friends and family would always ask if I was available to do things in the afternoon on my days off, but their afternoon was my midnight because of working the night shift. During their daytime I was fast asleep. I can relate to this study and I understand the problems that arise.
I have always had sleep issues, but it seemed to get worse after the night shifts. Little sleep can have devastating impacts.
It is very important for a company to take care of their employees and to understand

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