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Working Nights May Impair Health

By Tom Herrin

People work all kinds of times.  How many businesses are open 24 hours?  When considering things such as gas stations, coffee shops, and grocery/department stores, the list can get pretty big.  Most people are already aware of hospital workers as well as many factories that operate around the clock.  For the many who work what would be thought of as normal hours, these other schedules can be quite a challenge.  For those who work shifts, maintaining good health while doing so can be a real task.  When the world is asleep when they are working, it can pose some problems that need to be dealt with in order to remain in balance.

Safety and Health May Be Compromised

For those who have never worked shifts, it may be difficult to realize just what it involved.  Being active in natural light is generally thought to be healthy.  It can provide more vitamins and other things that are needed to manage daily life.  When they are robbed of the opportunity to get good amounts of sunshine, it may not take long until they begin to feel the effects.  People who work shifts may have more accidents simply because their bodies have to make so many adjustments.  It has also been shown that they may have a higher risk of common problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Preventative Measures May Help

When people work shifts, it may be helpful for them to establish good eating habits.  This may include a good schedule as well as high quality foods.  Too many times, shift workers rely on foods that are in machines or other convenient places.  Since the family is on a different routine, they may not have the advantage of eating good meals cooked at home, or they eat them out of the refrigerator.  With any good routine, exercise is critical in order to stay as healthy as possible.

Remember Why You Work

Too many times, people get into a rut and become too isolated when they work shifts.  It is true that sleeping can be a bigger thing than it is for those who are active in the day.  You have to remain aware of the reasons that you work.  If it is to help provide for your family, keeping that in mind as you plan and schedule your time is more important than ever.  Don't let yourself get left out of the loop.  Keep those contacts and strengthen relationships.

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

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