Recent studies show night shifts affect brain functionality of women more than men
The more crucial find was that the effects were significantly greater in women than men. Female subjects were more cognitively impaired than men early in the morning—typically during the time night shifts end in the real world.
“We show for the first time that challenging the circadian clock affects the performance of men and women differently,” said Nayantara Santhi, one of the researchers at the university.
“Our research findings are significant in view of shift work related cognitive deficits and changes in mood. Extrapolation of these results would suggest that women may be more affected by night-shift work than men,” added Santhi.
“These results show that in both men and women circadian rhythmicity affects brain function and that these effects differ between the sexes in a quantitative manner for some measures of brain function,” said another researcher Derk-Jan Dijk.
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