Tag Archives: Shift Work

Owls, larks, shifts and sleep

Jet lag occurs when people’s sleep patterns are disrupted after flying back from a fortnight in Barbados. Social jetlag occurs when people work a night shift packing biscuits in Bolton and it was this that Gerben Hulsegge, from the Public … Continue reading

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Early to bed, early to rise …

Early to bed/Early to rise/Makes a child healthy/Wealthy and wise. So goes the old nursery rhyme and it could have an element of truth in it. Researchers have been studying 433,000 British adults who divided themselves into four groups: definite … Continue reading

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Shift work, sleep and the heart

Previous research has shown that short spells of sleep deprivation can lead to sympathetic hyperactivity with increases in blood pressure and heart rate and an increased secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline. In this study Daniel L.R. … Continue reading

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Shift work, sleep and fatigue

In this study Mikko Harma, from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, led a team of researchers looking into the links between shift work (with and without night work), sleep and fatigue. The team studied 3,679 full-time hospital employees and … Continue reading

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Night shift raises women’s cancer risk

Researchers, led by Xuelei Ma, from Sichuan University in China, have been looking into the links between working night shifts and women’s risk of developing cancer. They reviewed 61 studies, which included a total of 3,909,152 women. The study found … Continue reading

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How to cope with the nightshift

Shift work and long working hours have been linked to a number of different health problems including metabolic problems, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Many of these problems are linked to sleep deprivation and this article looks at ways … Continue reading

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