Researcher wants shift workers for sleep study

ROCKHAMPTON region shift workers are encouraged to contact a CQUniversity doctoral researcher seeking to make building standards more responsive to a good day's sleep.

Building Surveying lecturer Darryl O'Brien is establishing a "proof of concept" study, using wireless data loggers to measure good sleep factors, like thermal comfort, noise quality, air quality and light levels.

"We are keen to study actual conditions in people's homes - not just a laboratory setting - and may also be looking at mine site residential quarters and nursing home sleep quality; for example dementia patients need a specific design," he says.

Mr O'Brien says recent (2013) ABS figures indicate that up to 1.5 million Australians are shift workers, so improved building codes can influence many people.

"Slow-wave sleep is the most restorative sleep," he says.

Potential study participants can contact 4930 9628 or d.obrien@cqu.edu.au



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