Submitted: 31 Jan 2019
Revised: 23 Jun 2019
Accepted: 26 Jun 2019
First published online: 06 Aug 2019
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Health Promot Perspect. 2019;9(3):233-240.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.32
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Original Article

The effects of screen light filtering software on cognitive performance and sleep among night workers

Reza Kazemi 1 * ORCiD, Negar Alighanbari 1, Zahra Zamanian 1

1 Ergonomics Department, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2 School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Previous studies have reported impaired performance, sleepiness and sleep deprivation among night workers. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of color screen Light Filtering software on cognitive performance, alertness and sleep quality among night shift operators of a medical emergency operations center. Methods: This field trial interventional study was carried out among 30 nightshift operators of shiraz emergency control center. The baseline assessments were carried out under the existing computer screen light conditions in the week preceding the installation of f.lux software. The same measurements were repeated again 4 weeks after installing the software. The cognitive performance of the participants was measured using continuous performance test (CPT) and n-back, while their sleep quality was assessed through Pietersburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Further, to assess their subjective and objective alertness, Stanford sleepiness index and go/nogo test were used, respectively. Results: The results of this study showed that Screen Light Filtering software significantly increased subjective (P<0.001) and objective alertness (P<0.05). Additionally, the performance of the working memory (P=0.008) and sleep quality (P=0.008) improved significantly after the intervention. Conclusion: The results revealed that using Screen Light Filtering software is an effective and low-cost method to improve sleep quality and cognitive performance since it filters the short wavelength part of the spectrum and helps body adaptation.
Citation: Kazemi R, Alighanbari N, Zamanian Z. The effects of screen light filtering software on cognitive performance and sleep, amongnight workers. Health Promot Perspect. 2019;9(3):233-240. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.32.
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