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Working Unusual Hours May Affect Health

By Tom Herrin

People work all kinds of hours today.  The old notion of going to work in the morning and getting off in the late afternoon may be a thing of the past.  It is not so much that they do so by choice but more so due to the fact that the demand for workers to be available at all different times.  This enables companies to operate longer hours and avoid slowing down or stopping production.  For some kinds of industries, operating around the clock is the only way that is reasonable in order to keep their costs down.  For the workers affected by this, health can be at risk of some problems due to working some of these odd hours.

There Are Some Natural Hazards

Anytime people alter a natural pattern, such as sleep, the results can be bad.  When people such as farmers worked by the light of day, their sleep patterns tended to be aligned with the daylight.  This meant they enjoyed the benefits of what the sun offered.  Sleep was often more productive.  When they work shifts, they often suffer from more fatigue.  In some cases, this can cause more accidents.  In some cases, it may even interfere with resistance to some illnesses.  

A Few Good Ideas May Make a Difference

It has been suggested that people take a few simple steps to help balance their lives if they work shifts.  One of those is to take a walk around before starting their shift.  It may be most helpful if they do this in the sunlight.  Another thing may be to take short breaks and move around throughout the shift.  Avoiding caffeine from the middle of their shift on may help them to be able to sleep better.  Getting quality sleep may be a considerable challenge for those who seem to be on an almost opposite schedule from the rest of their family.

Evaluate Your Situation Regularly

Since we are talking about your health and your life, it is a good idea to do some reviewing of your lifestyle on occasion.  Doing this may help you to discover things you could make adjustments to.  After all, you work to provide for the needs of yourself and family.  There is no reason to neglect your personal health and safety in your everyday life.  For the sake of everyone involved, you need to make it work the best you can.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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