In memory | Professor emeritus Serge Daan (1940-2018)

With deep sadness we received the news that Professor emeritus Serge Daan passed away on Friday, February 9th, 2018. Serge Daan is the founder of Chronobiology at the University of Groningen and made human chronobiology possible by building time isolation units back in the nineties at the Biology department. He was a great teacher and…

Health risks of night shift work

As a member of the Committee Nightwork, Marijke Gordijn contributed to a new publication of the Health Council of the Netherlands: Health Risks of night shift work. In the Netherlands about 1.3 million people sometimes or regularly work at night. Night shift work disrupts the day-night rhythm of the body, which may lead to adverse…

Charge your Brainzzz is live!

After a year of hard work we are there! The teaching materials for the package Charge Your Brainzzz are ready. Charge your Brains teaches highschool students about sleep. On 27 September, Chrono@Work and the Dutch Brain Foundation will launch this special educational package. Charge Your Brainzzz is a modern package with activating learning tools including…

Launching teaching material Charge Your Brainzzz

Wednesday September 27th, Chrono@Work and the Brain Foundation will launch the new teaching material Charge Your Brainzzz in the Corpus Congress Centre in Leiden. Charge Your Brainzzz consists of a package of three lessons about sleep regulation and sleep disorders, with activating learning tools, animations (to be used during class) and a serious game developed…

Video recordings for e-learning course

Today we started with recording the first video’s for the e-learning course Animal & Human experimentation. Chrono@Work develops this course together with the University of Groningen. In the next academic year, it will be possible to complete this mastercourse that is obligatory for masterstudents working with animals during their research project completely on demand. With…

SAVE THE DATE SLAAP 2017

In continuation of SLAAP2016, the second Dutch Sleep Congress will be organized again this year under the umbrella of the Dutch Society for Sleep-Wake research (NSWO) and the Sleep Medicine Association Netherlands (SVNL) in the Heerlickheijd in Ermelo. SLAAP 2017 is a unique collaboration between the various disciplines who work in the field of Sleep, such…

Chrono@Work moved to a new office!

Chrono@Work has moved to a new office. As from March 1st we are housed in the beautiful old milkfactory De Ommelanden, still very close to our colleagues of the University Groningen. Our new address is Friesestraatweg 213, 9743 AD Groningen. Telephone and email have not changed.

Are blue light filters nonsense?

In their issue No. 19 of 23 August – 6 september, Computer Idee, a magazine about computers and electronics for consumers, pays detailed attention to the pros and cons of blue light filters for computers, tablets and smartphones. The conclusion is that we are exposed to more blue light through the use of electronic screens…

NRC checks…are the Dutch indeed the champions of sleep?

NRC next fact check, examines whether the NRC report in the Algemeen Dagblad of 9 May over Duch being campions at sleeping long is correct. The conclusion was drawn on the basis of an article in Science Advances which made use of data from the worldwide used sleepapp. NRC Next consulted among others, Chrono@Work on this…

‘We better repeal daylight saving time’

During the night of Saturday to Sunday daylight saving time will start: the clock will move forward one hour. The discussion to get rid of daylight saving time has been going on for many years. NU.nl asked the experts about their opinion. “I think we can better repeal daylight saving time”, states researcher of human…

‘Get rid of your blues’

Trouble getting out of bed, a constant yearning for chocolate, craving Netflix more than sex… The shortest day might be over, but especially in January and February we massively encounter the winter blues. The University of Groningen figured that in roughly 500.000 Dutch people the winter blues takes on such a violent form that they…

‘The role of sleep and time of day on athletic performance’

December 11th 2015 the sympium Licht -Donker -Slaap (Light- Dark- Sleep) took place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Marijke Gordijn was there to give a lecture regarding ‘when every second counts, the role of sleep and time of day on athletic performance”. Why is sleep an important part of your training-schedule? Does it…

Shift work and health risks: possibilities for prevention

Roughly 16% of the Dutch labor force works during the nightly hours on a regular basis. Signals arise from scientific literature that this might not always be healthy. Research does not yet have a decisive answer to which preventive measures protect employees best. A forward rotating schedule or a short bout of sleep during night…

‘Is it not better to abolish daylight saving time?’

Marijke Gordijn is researcher at the University of Groningen and entrepreneur. Using her company Chrono@Work she puts knowledge from the field of chronobiology on the market. She tells why daylight saving time should be abolished. Chronobiology got its name in the ‘60s, In Germany research was performed inside a bunker, an area secluded from information…

‘The optimal working schedule is different for everyone.’

‘The optimal working schedule is different for everyone.’ Increasingly, Dutch businesses are looking for ways to increase health of their shift workers, according to chronobiologist Marijke Gordijn of the Univerity of Groningen. Her company Chrono@Work increasingly gets asked about what to do concerning workplace lighting, food patterns and the right way to schedule personnel. Gordijn…