Asleep on the job: The impact of sleep on fitness for work


Wednesday 16 November 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Sleep Medicine Section , Occupational Medicine Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

The demands of the modern workplace often clash with our biological clocks and our need for sleep. This leads to adverse health consequences for workers and has an enormous impact on safety in the workplace. 

Aims and objectives:

This meeting aims to review the clash between the demands of the modern workplace and round the clock healthcare with our biological clocks and need for sleep.

After attending this meeting, participants will:

  • Know about the adverse health consequences of sleep deprivation on workers and understand the impact of sleep deprivation on workplace safety
  • Know about approaches to work schedule design and workplace environment to mitigate impact of sleep loss





9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

9.35 am

Performance across the circadian cycle

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep and Physiology, University of Surrey

10.15 am

Sleepiness and critical decision making

Professor Jim Horne, Emeritus Professor of Psychophysiology, University of Loughborough

11.10 am

Panel discussion

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.50 am

Consequences of shift and the work environment on sleep and health

Professor John Axelsson, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

12.35 pm

Light in the workplace

Dr Nayantara Santhi, Research Fellow, University of Surrey

1.05 pm

Panel discussion

1.30 pm


2.25 pm

Sleep in pilots and fatigue risk management systems

Dr Rob Hunter, Head of Flight Safety, The British Airline Pilots Association

3.10 pm

Optimising shift scheduling

Professor John Axelsson

3.55 pm

Asleep at the wheel

Dr Judith Morgan, Medical Advisor, Department of Transport, DVLA, Swansea

4.40 pm

Panel discussion

5.00 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.05 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Amy BallamTel: 02072903942 Email: arrow