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Translation and revision : Robert Gray, Marie Dumont, Carrie Schipper.
Marie Dumont, Ph.D. Neurosciences, Professor at University of Montreal and Researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM), Sacre-Cœur Hospital of Montreal (CIUSSS-NIM), Québec, Canada.
• Le-Cours team
• Lise Lecours, project leader and instructional design
• Amélie Forget, Instructional design and scenarisation
• Sophie Vaillancourt, revision and scenarisation
• William Dumas, multimedia integration
• Mathieu Forest, multimedia integration
• Christian Faucher, narration
• University of Montreal, Knowledge transfer program. Grant no. 2017 (MDC-15).
• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Knowledge transfer for the project « Light and the circadian system in humans », grant #155406-2011.
• Canadian Sleep & Circadian Network (CSCN). English translation.
Note : This web resource is offered free of charge to help night workers. The proposed strategies are based on current scientific knowledge, but their efficacy to reduce the difficulties experienced by each night worker cannot be guaranteed.
Working at night is not normal for humans and this work schedule causes problems for most people. However, it is possible to reduce these problems with a better understanding of the effects of night work on sleep and health, and by applying some strategies. Marie Dumont holds a Ph.D. in neurosciences. She is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM) in  Montreal and professor at University of Montreal since 1990. Her main research topic is sleep regulation and biological rhythms, especially in night workers. She developed this web tutorial with Le-cours to offer night workers reliable, free and accessible information to help them cope better with night work.
This web tutorial was made for everybody who has to work nights, either occasionally or full-time. Because schedules and constraints vary largely from one individual to another, each person will have to adapt the information provided, and the proposed strategies, to his or her own situation.
The tutorial comprises four steps presented in four units. The first three units provide information on the effects that night work may have on you, especially on your sleep. They aim to help you identify the problems you may have and the obstacles preventing you from sleeping well when you are working nights. The fourth unit proposes many strategies that you may find appropriate to your situation and that you may like to try.
Throughout the tutorial, you will be invited to answer questions for a notebook. This notebook is yours, to help you keep track of your thoughts and ideas. Your notebook is confidential. No information is saved on the tutorial web site and
your notes are automatically erased as soon as you leave a unit. At the end of each unit, you will be invited to print or save your notes in a PDF file for your personal use. The notebook questions from each unit are also available in the Resources section. You can print them if you prefer writing your answers by hand.
The entire course lasts about an hour and a half. Each unit takes between 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Each unit can be done independently and at different times. The estimated duration does not include the time spent writing your answers and thoughts or consulting the complementary information in the Resources section.
This web tutorial can be accessed using a personal computer or an e-tablet. It is not ideal for cell phones. Each of the following links gives access to one unit. When you wish to change units, you first need to close the open unit by clicking on the X. You will come back to the current page and then you will be able to open the next unit.
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