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Working Shifts May Require Extra Effort for Health

By Tom Herrin

For those who feel that their work keeps them tucked away from just about everyone else in the world, they should not feel too alone.  Some estimates show that there may be more than 8 million people in the U.S. who work what are considered shifts.  This could be nights or some kind of rotating shift throughout the week.  It is increasingly common as there is greater demand for such.  It may not all be industrial either.  Many people who are considered to be public servants and medical workers must fill this need as well.

What Can It Hurt?

In some cases, the shift may be fine.  For many, however, it can leave them with sleep issues.  This may, in turn, lead to poor performance in their jobs.  It may also tend to create safety hazards for those who work fatigued.  On top of all of this, many of these workers may have social issues in that they rarely see family members.  They must guard their time so that they can try to get adequate sleep.  In some cases, this may be near impossible.

The Lifestyle May Be Harmful

Another problem for many who work odd shifts is they may rarely sit down to a meal with their family.  This may mean that they are eating whatever they can round up out of the refrigerator or freezer.  Fast foods may dominate their menu.  When they are fending for themselves, they can lose focus on the need to eat healthy in return for the need to eat what it convenient.  It is believed that some may suffer from obesity and other potential health risks as a result.  For some, there may be an increased incidence of depression.  Any of it can be a bad formula for health.

Be Aware

A key to dealing effectively with your burden of shift work may be simply to put it all out there on the table.  Planning ahead to include good family time may save some frustration.  Making every attempt to find time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine may be another thing that can help.  Finding ways to beef up your social life may possibly be an answer to avoiding some of that depression that can creep up without warning.  We all do what we have to do, but it may help to be aware of our needs and keep up our guard against possible problems.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.

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