Disabling low back pain associated with night shift duration: Sleep problems as a potentiator

Masaya Takahashi, Ko Matsudaira, Akihito Shimazu

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Background: We investigated how night shift duration and sleep problems were jointly associated with disabling low back pain (LBP) among workers in different occupations. Methods: An online-survey was conducted regarding work schedules, disabling LBP, sleep problems, and other relevant factors in 5,008 workers who were randomly selected from a market research panel. Multiple logistic regression analyses determined the joint associations of night shift duration (0 [permanent day shift], <8, 8-9.9, 10-15.9, ≥16hr) and sleep problems (no, yes) with disabling LBP adjusted for potential confounders. Results: A night shift ≥16hr was associated with a significant increase in the likelihood of disabling LBP. The magnitude of this association was elevated when participants perceived sleep problems including both sleep duration and quality. Conclusion: Associations between extended night shifts and disabling LBP became stronger in the presence of short or poor quality sleep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1300-1310
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Insomnia symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Shift schedules
  • Sleep duration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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