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Coping Better with Night Work

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Working at night is not normal for humans and this work schedule causes problems for most people. However, it is possible to reduce these problems with a better understanding of the effects of night work on sleep and health, and by applying some strategies. Marie Dumont holds a Ph.D. in neurosciences. She is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM) in Montreal and professor at University of Montreal since 1990. Her main research topic is sleep regulation and biological rhythms, especially in night workers. She developed this web tutorial with Le-cours to offer night workers reliable, free and accessible information to help them cope better with night work. The tutorial comprises four steps presented in four units. The first three units provide information on the effects that night work may have on you, especially on your sleep. They aim to help you identify the problems you may have and the obstacles preventing you from sleeping well when you are working nights. The fourth unit proposes many strategies that you may find appropriate to your situation and that you may like to try. The entire course lasts about an hour and a half. Each unit takes between 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Each unit can be done independently and at different times.

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