Impact of Shift Work on the Eating Pattern, Physical Activity and Daytime Sleepiness Among Chilean Healthcare Workers

Rut Farías, Alejandro Sepúlveda, Rodrigo Chamorro*

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
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Abstract

We evaluated the eating pattern, physical activity, and daytime sleepiness level in Chilean shift workers. Fifty, middle-aged adult health workers from a public hospital in Santiago, Chile, were included: a group undergoing shift work (shift workers, including at least one “night shift” and one “long day”, n = 33), and day workers under traditional schedule (from 8:00 to 17:00h, n = 17). Body composition, physical activity, and daytime sleepiness levels, and diet characteristics (diet composition, meals' timing, and diet quality) were assessed. Despite similar total energy intake, shift worker showed lower carbohydrate (% of energy) and higher protein intake (both P < 0.01), decreased diet quality, an irregular eating pattern, and delayed meal timing (all P < 0.05). Physical activity and daytime sleepiness levels did not differ between groups. Findings from this first Chilean study in healthcare shift workers support the fact that meal timing and diet quality appear as critical factors for upcoming intervention studies in this group.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftSafety and Health at Work
Jahrgang11
Ausgabenummer3
Seiten (von - bis)367-371
Seitenumfang5
ISSN2093-7911
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 09.2020

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