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Can Shifts Interfere With Good Health?

By Tom Herrin

Many times, when people begin new jobs, they are simply happy to have them.  This is justifiably so.  Seeking and finding a job can be a rewarding experience.  If that job involves working some kind of shift, they may accept it without really considering what kinds of issues may come with it.  While there is nothing wrong with working shifts, people need to be really aware of some of the potential issues that may accompany such a working condition.  Studies have shown that there are several kinds of potential problems that may be related to working those shifts.

Some Risk May Be Serious

Just because there are some risks to health does not mean they are serious.  On the other hand, they should not be taken too lightly.  Some studies have indicated that people can develop some fairly serious issues seemingly as a result of their working shifts.  Some increased issues with blood pressure and higher blood sugar have been known to happen.  Since these are some pretty common problems for people today, no one needs to deal with any more of them than possible.  

Simple Precautions May Help

Being aware of the potential problems can be the best way to have a good plan for intervention.  Making sure to have meals that are highly nutritious is important.  Eating on a pretty set schedule can help as well.  Another thing they need is to get regular exercise.  This may be more critical that just engaging in a casual exercise program.  Regularity is probably more important for those who work shifts.  A real challenge is often finding a way to get good quality sleep.  A good schedule is important here too.  Many people who work shifts struggle with this because of the fact that they are so out of sync with everyone else in the house.

Face the Issues Head On

Once we identify our possible problems, it always makes it easier to deal with them.  Planning for success is much better that fearing failure.  If we address the issues we have to deal with we will be far more likely to be able to move forward.  Eating well, exercising, and sleeping well are good things.  Another thing is to remain included in what goes on with the rest of the family.  If we do this, we should enjoy good health while maintaining involvement with our family.

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

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