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Natural Light Exposure, Sleep and Depression among Day Workers and Shiftworkers at Arctic and Equatorial Latitudes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Catholic University of Santos, Brazil.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
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2015 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 4, e0122078Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between individual natural light exposure, sleep need, and depression at two latitudes, one extreme with a few hours of light per day during winter, and the other with equal hours of light and darkness throughout the year.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study included a sample of Brazilian workers (Equatorial, n = 488 workers) and a Swedish sample (Arctic, n = 1,273).

RESULTS: The reported mean total natural light exposure per 4-week cycle differed significantly between the Equatorial and Arctic regions. However, shiftworkers from both sites reported similar hours of natural light exposure. Short light exposure was a predictor for insufficient sleep.

CONCLUSION: Reduced exposure to natural light appears to increase the perception of obtaining insufficient sleep. Arctic workers were more prone to develop depression than Equatorial workers.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 4, e0122078
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117075DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122078ISI: 000353015800037PubMedID: 25874859Local ID: P3251OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-117075DiVA: diva2:810047
Available from: 2015-05-06 Created: 2015-05-06 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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