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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-85

Study of insomnia in rotating shift-workers

1 Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, n Institute of Medical Science and Research Medical College, Jalna, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Prakash Ambekar
Department of Psychiatry, Indian Institute of Medical Science and Research Medical College, Warudi, Jalna
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_59_17

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Background: Shift-workers commonly suffer from insomnia. This study evaluates different domains of insomnia. Aim: This study was aimed to study sleep and insomnia in rotating shift-workers and compare with day-workers. Materials and Methods: This was case–control study. The sleep of rotating shift-workers is compared with day workers using Athens Insomnia Scale. Results: Rotating shift-workers had significantly higher scores on Athens insomnia scale on domains of initial, intermediate and terminal insomnia than day workers. Duration and quality of sleep and sense of well-being are lower in rotating shift-workers. Rotating shift-workers also experienced more day-time sleepiness than day workers. However, there was no difference in perceived physical and mental functioning between the two groups. Conclusion: Individuals working in rotating shifts for more than 15 days have significantly higher prevalence of insomnia than day-workers.

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