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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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AVILA DARCIA, Sergio. Implicaciones Del Trabajo Nocturno y/o Trabajo Por Turnos Sobre La Salud. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.1, pp.70-78. ISSN 2215-5287.

Sleep plays a vital role in our lives, producing a variety of systemic perturbations if it is inadequate. Shiftwork and nightwork involve an increase of changes at biological, familiar and social levels. Sleep is regulated by a series of interactions in both biochemical and endocrinological levels, which are altered in this type of works. Below, there is a review of the sleep physiology and the possible conditions that may experience shift workers or night workers due to the deprivation or poor quality of sleep.

Keywords : Nightwork; Shift Work; Sleep; Circadian Rhythm; Melatonin.

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