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The Sleep-Related Effects of Circadian Misalignment on Aviation Shift Workers

Sweetman, Orin (2022) The Sleep-Related Effects of Circadian Misalignment on Aviation Shift Workers. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This study aimed to investigate the sleep-related effects of circadian misalignment on aviation shift workers, by first examining if a higher prevalence of sleep disturbance was experienced by shift workers based on their shift disfavor and gender, respectively. It was then examined whether ‘morning-type’ workers experienced a higher prevalence of sleep disturbance than ‘evening-type’ workers, before deducing if sleep disturbance was a predictor of a worker’s overall life satisfaction, before and after the accountability for sex and age. The sample for the current study consisted of 31 aviation shift workers of a renowned Irish-based airline; the study adopted an experimental, cross-sectional research design with a quantitative statistical approach. An introductory questionnaire accompanied by three pre-established questionnaires were distributed to these participants. Results were of no significance across the board, with the implication that future research needs to be conducted, particularly in the avenue of the predictive relationship between sleep disturbance and overall life satisfaction. Limitations included distribution of study materials to workers of different alternating shift rotas, rather than one definitive rota applicable to all, as well as the consistent gaps in the current knowledge base rendering it difficult for this study to critically evaluate the results it found.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Aviation Industry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 16:32
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 16:32

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