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The purpose of this study was to explore whether sleep-related cardiac sympathetic activity is significantly lower in rotating shift workers than in permanent night shift workers, in order to evaluate whether shift work is preferable to permanent night work. Our sample comprised of twelve permanent night shift nurses and twelve rotating three-shift nurses. All female nurses slept in their dormitories, where they were allowed to sleep and wake spontaneously. All sleep parameters were recordeddoi:10.2486/indhealth.ms1259 pmid:21804268 fatcat:gurh2gm2rjczjcu76ddyj5rkdm