Special Issue "Shift-Work and the Individual"

A special issue of Clocks & Sleep (ISSN 2624-5175). This special issue belongs to the section "Clocks & Sleep and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kantermann
Guest Editor
University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (FOM), Neuss, Germany AND SynOpus, Bochum, Germany
Interests: cardiovascular health; chronobiology; economics; mental health; psychology; shift-work; sleep; sociology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is no standard definition of shift-work universally, and validated reports of (complete) biological adjustment to shift-work at the level of the individual are missing. Because of the lack of studies and a rather narrow range of outcome measures, the evidence for shift-work tolerance is limited. Those factors that have been found associated with subjective or objective shift-work tolerance are young age, low scores of morningness or being a late chronotype, low scores of languidity and neuroticism, high scores on extraversion, internal locus of control and flexibility, and male sex. Future studies should identify more factors to widen this list, including the results of applied studies that have tested these factors. Such studies could range from identifying factors that are modifiable (e.g., lifestyle choices) as well as factors specific to the working time arrangement and the workplace setting. This Special Issue shall collect and discuss evidence to date regarding individual differences in shift-work tolerance, including prospects for future research and practical workplace recommendations.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kantermann
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • circadian
  • economics
  • family
  • gender
  • health
  • psychology
  • sleep
  • sex
  • sociology
  • tolerance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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