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Does Your Health Suffer Due to Working Shifts?

By Tom Herrin

When people start a new job, they are usually focused on performing well and the excitement of new opportunities.  Their health is not normally one of the first things they think about unless it is a really unusual type of job.  Being happy to have employment is a natural reaction, so they seldom question it.  For anyone who works any kind of shift, it would be a good idea to give some thought to how it may affect their health.  Even though there are many perks to working those shifts, there may be some drawbacks concerning health that are worth considering.

Some Issues Can Be Serious

With the number of people who work shifts in this country today, quite a few studies have been made on how it affects health.  There are several reasons for concern.  One is that when they work shifts, many tend to eat on odd schedules and allow themselves to live a pretty poor schedule.  One thing that is considered to be a risk is increased chance of heart problems.  Another is an increase in the chances of developing diabetes.  These two alone make up a large amount of common health problems in this country today.

Some Preventative Steps Can Help

Taking a few precautions for protecting health is always a good idea.  One that may be a good help is to take a good look at meals.  It may be more important than ever to be sure that meals are nutritious and somewhat regular.  Another thing that is important for everyone is getting enough of the right kind of exercise.  When they work shifts, this may be even more critical because they are having to compensate for the different type of schedule.  If they can find a way to develop a good habit of getting enough sleep, this could overcome a major problem for many who work shifts.

We Are in the Driver's Seat

When it comes to managing our health, we are usually the one in the best position to do so.  The problem is that we often fail to take it as seriously as we should.  It is too easy to become complacent.  With a little advance thought about it, we can create a schedule that will make the best of the situation and offer the protection we need for our health.  

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

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