Night shifts a health risk?

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Tartan_Terrier, Apr 29, 2007.

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  1. I've worked permanent night shift for a few years now, and apart from the odd problem with adjusting my body clock (not being able to sleep at the weekends and so on) I haven't noticed any issues with my health.

    Even so, I have heard that working nights can give all sorts of problems such as increased rates of cancer, and general ill health. Does anyone know of anywhere I could find some relevant facts and figures?

    Also I have heard that sleeping during the daylight hours causes your body to stop, or decrease production of certain hormones. Are blackout curtains the only solution?

    Any input from fellow 'night-owls' or people with medical knowledge would be welcomed.

    Cheers
    T_T
     
  2. Tartan,

    As a fellow shiftie, I too have heard these things. Changing my sleep patterns every 4 days is not ideal.

    Shiftwork is no bloody fun...
     
  3. Shifts make you...unsettled. I did sixty night shifts in the div Op Room (by choice) in 1996 back to back. I decided not to do any more because I found groups of more than five people scary!!
     
  4. Don't know if they are a health risk but I find now, after several years without shifts, I still find my body clock wants to have it's fair share of 'nights'.Hence still being up at this time.
     
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