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.
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.