Night Shift Work Affects Surgeon’s Biological Rhythm

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Dutch research indicates that working night shifts appears to affect surgeon’s circadian rhythm. Significant differences were observed between the day prior to working the night shift and the day of working the shift with regard to measurements of urinary metabolite of melatonin and cortisol in saliva. Increased sleep time during the day was also observed the day on call and on the first day after being on call.

Source: American Journal of Surgery, August 2015.

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