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Working Shifts May Put You at Risk

By Tom Herrin

Whatever people deal with on a daily basis can be a pretty big deal.  Whether it is finances, health, family, or work, it still occupies a large place in what they do.  One of the challenges faced by many today is working shifts.  Even though it has become pretty common, it may not be getting much better.  Unless both parties in a marriage work the same shift, it can put a bit of stress on a relationship.  If there are children there, it can really be difficult.  Besides these kinds of things, those who work shifts may also face some health risks.

Why Is It a Problem?

At one time, particularly when farming was a dominant occupation, most people worked days and were off evenings.  This meant a couple of things, one was that the family unit was more intact and spent more time together and another was that people were able to utilize more natural light and the benefits that go along with it.  Following the development of artificial light, enterprising business owners began to see the financial benefits of having workers on the job around the clock, or nearly so.  This meant that many people ended up working rather unnatural hours. For many, it posed a big obstacle for them to maintain better health.  Working shifts has been associated with everything from sleep disorders to obesity to heart issues.  

Can Steps Be Taken to Protect ?

Anytime a health risk is a potential harm from a particular lifestyle, it bears some serious consideration as to how to weigh the risks.  While working shifts may have some bad consequences, individuals may take an active role in protecting themselves.  Due to the nature of the problem, it may be more important than ever for them to be diligent in developing a good eating schedule and making certain to have good quality meals.  Along with this, maintaining a good routine of exercise may mean more than ever before.  Another thing that must take a high priority is finding a way to get good sleep.  Too many who work shifts are often robbed of the right kind of sleep.

Make the Most Out of the Situation

Whatever situation we find ourselves in, we have to take the best options.  Creating the healthiest possible lifestyle, considering what we deal with, is a real key.  As we identify our challenges, we can be better able to address them in the best possible manner.  We also need to remember that our family and social time deserves attention as well.  As with so many things, we still remain in the driver's seat.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.

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