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Hidden Health Risks for Night Shift Workers


Night Shift Working is a new trend for all the graduates and youngsters in the city. Why do people like working in the night shifts? For the reason that a lot of fresher’s tend to choose jobs that suit there comforts, which means waking up at 8am and being at work by 9am is too much of sacrifice to them. Heedless about the bad impacts on health, for the employee working at night shifts can mean liberty and suitability. Working in contrast to the steady 9-5 schedule can charge many serious health conditions like:

Cardiovascular disease: An association between the nightshifts and cardiovascular diseases is increasing. In the recent times, a research has found that 40% of shift workers are at a higher risk of Heart diseases. Cardiovascular disease refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels which can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. In some cases, there are general conditions such as affecting your heart muscle, valves or rhythm.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body can’t control blood glucose levels accurately and is a long-term condition. The rates of diabetes have dramatically increased in all the states. Shift workers who work in adverse hours have 60% higher incidence of diabetes. It is linked with a combination of health conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels which results in serious health disorders.

Obesity: Shift workers are addicted to poor diet such as junks food and intake of food at ill timings in addition they do not participate in any physical activities which indeed leads to low energy usage. Also due to a mismatch between the body’s internal circadian clock and sleep pattern that disrupts the normal metabolism of the body.

Mood disorders: The social isolation of shift work surely takes psychological hitches in the workers by affecting brain chemistry directly. They are likely to suffer from symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Shift work certainly lowers the serotonin, a chemical which plays the key role in mood swings.

Gastrointestinal problems: Most of the night shift workers recurrently suffer from gastrointestinal problems like nausea, diarrhea, constipation and possibly some types of functional bowel disease. If these conditions are ignored it can lead to chronic heart burn or GRED.

“The apparent risks of shift work might seem alarming .There are some things you can do if you are a shift worker. Exercising regularly, eating well and maintain a healthy weight can make a difference. In addition, making an effort to practice good sleep hygiene before going to bed can also cheer your mood. If you see yourself in connection with any of the mentioned risks, consult your doctor immediately. It is always better to be alert with the possible risks,” says Dr T Srinivasulu of Gleneagles Global Hospitals.

Updated on December 19, 2017