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Timing of Australian flight attendant food and beverage while crewing: A preliminary investigation

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posted on 04.11.2020, 00:00 authored by SL Perrin, J Dorrian, Charlotte GuptaCharlotte Gupta, S Centofanti, A Coates, L Marx, K Beyne, S Banks
Flight attendants experience circadian misalignment and disrupted sleep and eating patterns. This survey study examined working time, sleep, and eating frequency in a sample (n=21, 4 males, 17 females) of Australian flight attendants (mean age=41.8 yr, SD=12.0 yr, mean BMI=23.8 kg/m2, SD=4.1 kg/m2). Respondents indicated frequencies of snack, meal, and caffeine consumption during their last shift. Reported sleep duration on workdays (mean=4.6 h, SD=1.9 h) was significantly lower than on days off (M=7.2 h, SD=1.2 h, p<0.001), and significantly lower than perceived sleep need (M=8.1 h, SD=0.8 h, p<0.001). Food intake was distributed throughout shifts and across the 24 h period, with eating patterns incongruent with biological eating periods. Time available, food available, and work breaks were the most endorsed reasons for food consumption. Caffeine use and reports of gastrointestinal disturbance were common. Working time disrupts sleep and temporal eating patterns in flight attendants and further research into nutritional and dietary-related countermeasures may be beneficial to improving worker health and reducing circadian disruption.

History

Volume

57

Issue

4

Start Page

547

End Page

553

eISSN

1880-8026

ISSN

0019-8366

Publisher

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

26/09/2018

External Author Affiliations

University of South Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Industrial Health