Night Shift Work: An Audio Documentary

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Wuerffel


Arts and Sciences


Department of Art

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-23-2016


Research indicates night shift workers are more likely to suffer health problems due to internal clock misalignment and difficulty sleeping during daytime hours. Their schedules can isolate them from others such as friends and families. Night shift workers have problems of disturbed sleep and wakefulness. The biggest difficulty is falling asleep, because the human body prefers to be awake during daytime hours. Because they can’t sleep well during the day, the vicious cycle of unrest may cause more serious health problems. Additionally, certain night shift workers are at increased risk for robbery and assault. This research lead to the creation of a short documentary. Through first-person interviews, Night Shift Workers, an audio documentary, explores these topics and more, including the eccentric personalities night shift workers encounter. The audio documentary director discusses the origin of the idea, production and post-production processes, and findings.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Yishuai Zhang is a senior psychology major from China. Yishuai’s interests include photograph, social media progressing, and psychological social experiment performance. This is his first documentary project.

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