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Working the Graveyard Shift

Health risks of a difficult work schedule.

Are you one of the millions of people who performs shift work? Doctors, nurses, police officers, truck drivers, factory workers, and many others must work as the rest of the world sleeps. While working nights or rotating between work shifts may be the best option for your finances, family, or career, it may not be the best option for your health. Increasing evidence links shift work with serious health conditions, some related to the lifestyle shift work promotes and some more physiological in nature.

You may not be able to change professions, but you can be aware of the potential impact shift work has on your health and take the necessary steps to lessen that impact.

Lifestyle Change

Your child has a baseball game, your friends are going out for dinner, or it's your spouse’s birthday, and where are you? At work. It's a holiday and the whole family is home for the day and what are you doing? Sleeping. Or at least you should be.

Shift work can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule, relationships, family life, and exercise routine. It's easy to feel lonely, like a party pooper, and cut off from the rest of world. When the party's just beginning, it's time to go to work. When everyone else is gearing up for the day, you're heading to bed. It's this inconsistent schedule that makes exercise even more challenging.

A lack of quality sleep, exercise, and social connections are all known contributors to a number of health problems.

Physiological Impact

Your body runs on a 24-hour internal clock called circadian rhythm. This clock regulates biological processes such as sleep, brain waves, hormones, cell growth, and metabolism and is affected by temperature and sunlight. Normally, a cooler, darker environment signals sleep, whereas warmth and light tell your body to be awake. When your circadian rhythm is thrown off during shift work, so are your sleeping and eating patterns. Circadian rhythm disorders are associated with numerous health conditions.

Short-Term Effects

Even if you don't work nights or inconsistent shifts, you likely know what it feels like to not get enough sleep. After a few nights of bad rest you feel fatigued, struggle to focus, are clumsy, don't feel yourself, experience gastrointestinal problems like constipation or heartburn, and have trouble sleeping when you finally reach bed.

Long-Term Consequences

After years of research, scientists have seen clear connections between shift work and long-term, serious health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome (a condition that includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and obesity), depression, mood disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, and fertility problems.

Some of these conditions may take years to develop and worsen, while others take less than two weeks of disruption to your circadian rhythm.

Lessen the Damage

Before quitting your job, know it's possible to live a healthy life while working shifts. It just takes a little more effort and dedication. You can lower your risks of obesity and metabolic syndrome by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Get a consistent seven to eight hours of sleep each day in a dark, quiet room and limit your exposure to sunlight in the hours before you sleep. The bright morning sun on the drive home after work may be enough to keep you awake when you should be sleeping, so wear dark sunglasses. On your off days, try to sleep and wake at the same times as your work days so your body can adjust to its new rhythm.

Additionally, schedule regular health checkups to monitor your health and if possible, limit the number of years you spend working shifts.