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Some Work Schedules May Be Tough on Health

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people work all kinds of schedules. Even though they all may prefer to work straight days, it can't always happen.  For those who work in production jobs, many of them must continue operating around the clock in order for these companies to make money.  No matter how much people may prefer something different, when companies make money, they are able to pay better.  When a company is able to pay good wages, there is a little more incentive to stay with it.  With all of that said, there are still some health problems that may occur with those who work those shifts.  

Fatigue and Illness Can Set in

When people work shifts, it can be difficult for them to maintain a good sleep schedule.   No matter how hard they try, it can be tough with the rest of the family going and doing while someone tries to sleep.  As a result, there may be a high instance of sleep disorders among them.  Some studies have shown there is also a higher chance of both heart-related problems and diabetes.  Some of this may be attributed to compromises shift workers have to make involving both eating and exercising.

Find Ways to Remain Normal

When people work those shifts, it can be too easy for them to fall into a rut and neglect to take proper care of themselves.  Making a point of eating on a good schedule and having good meals can be a good way to begin.  Too many times, they may eat out of a machine or pick up whatever is available because it is easier.  If food is important, exercise is as well.  Creating a schedule for regular exercise can help to keep them on track and moving.  Using breaks at work effectively is another good practice.  Use them to move around.

Take Ownership of Life

When we work odd times, such as in shifts, we have to make a special effort to make life work.  Shift work is no excuse to say we can't be involved in whatever our kids are doing.  We simply may need to plan ahead a little better so that we can include ourselves in what the rest of the family is doing.  Using shifts as an excuse to remove ourselves from a normal life is a poor way of avoiding others.  Make it work the way you need it to.

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

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