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The Lights Should Not Go Out on Health in Shifts

By Tom Herrin

Most people do what they have to do to earn a living.  Even with the best education or training, many people end up working in jobs that have shifts.  With the demand for someone somewhere just about all of the time, people have to be on duty.  This may be in a medical facility, retail establishment, or almost anything imaginable.  Production jobs are probably the most well known for this kind of schedule.  With so many people affected, more attention has been given the the subject and quite a few studies have been made on the consequences of people working these shifts.  Health and safety are justifiable concerns.  Either or both may be adversely impacted.

Fatigue Often Becomes a Standard

For many who work shifts, getting the right amount and kind of sleep can be extremely difficult.  As a result, the number of accidents, both at the workplace and on the trip to and from the job, are believed to higher than for those who work more regular day schedules.  When people go without sleep, they often also suffer from other health issues such as heart and circulatory problems as well as diabetes.  As with so many other things, these can creep up on the individual with little early warning signs.

Building a Buffer Is Important

With a little knowledge and training,  a shift worker can make a plan for better protection against some of these issues.  Avoiding caffeinated drinks once they get into their shift may help them to be able to sleep better once they get off.  Having good, regular meals can help to provide the kind of nutrition they need and may be lacking.  Everyone needs exercise.  Those who work shifts may neglect to get enough due to the fact that they are active at completely different times from other people.  Taking breaks and moving around may help.  Another thing that has been suggested is for them to get into an exercise routine prior to their shift, preferably in some sunlight.

Avoid Discouragement

It is pretty easy to become a little frustrated with shift work and give in to the idea of becoming somewhat of a recluse.  There is no reason for that.  Looking ahead can give insight on just what needs to be done to manage the daily routine.  Planning with other family members may be a good way to keep in mind all of the problems that may arise from the different schedule and help to include some creative ideas in the planning.  If it's what you will be doing for quite some time, make it the best you can for you and your family.  Keep your physical and emotional health a priority.

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

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