‘Recovery after shift work is progressing slowly’

‘Recovery after shift work is progressing slowly’

Offshoremedewerkers have about two weeks to recover from night shifts. The recovery after day shifts costs four days.

That concludes gezondheidswetenschapper Suzanne Merkus, who did research on the health impact of working in shifts.

“My research clearly shows that it is important to have enough time off to fully recover after two weeks of 12 hour night shifts,” says Merkus, on February 24, a phd at the VUmc.


Merkus asked male offshoremedewerkers to after two weeks of work in 12-hour services for two weeks to keep a diary. Therein saw how tired they were, how much energy they had, how well they slept and what they did in a day.

With a work schedule of two weeks working and two weeks off, employees can only just fully recovering, according to Merkus. To determine the effects on the health in the long term, additional research is needed.

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