College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-04-25 16:07:01

Major

Biomedical Science

Honors Course

3100-499-002

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

Circadian rhythms involve the natural 24 wake-sleep cycle that governs proper maintenance of biological sleep schedules. Circadian rhythm disruption has been associated with health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and mental health disorders such as bipolar and sleep disorders. In this study, a survey method was utilized in order to analyze specific population demographics to determine whether working day or night shifts predisposed individuals to health issues due to disruptions in their circadian rhythms. This study was also carried out to observe popular coping strategies among night shift workers. Of all the variables tested comparing the difference between day and night shift workers, all came back insignificant, with P values greater than the α = 0.05. Results are as followed; Uninterrupted sleep (P = 0.390), average hours of sleep (P=0.190), weight (P=0.270), depression (P=0.300), and hopelessness (P=0.051). General trends were also developed based upon analyzing the data. There was a range of coping strategies employed by the night shift workers. However, the most popular strategy was for night shift workers to eat snacks during their respective shifts. In conclusion, the hypothesis posed for this study could not be supported based upon the results gathered.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Jennifer Tehan Stanley

First Reader

Toni Bisconti

Second Reader

Tilak Khanal

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

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