Believe it or now, working the night shift has an immense impact on your mind and body and over a period of time, you might find it difficult to keep your sanity. If you have worked in night shifts for at least a couple of years, you could probably relate.
Large scale research tracked over 4 lakh participants for over 6 years concluded that people who worked late night have 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than people with normal jobs, it attributed the higher mortality to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer.
The body’s natural cycle or the “Circadian Rhythm” is such that the body is meant to stay awake and work during the day and rest and sleep during the night. While you sleep, your body heals itself, detoxifies repairs injuries and reduces stress, Once the order is messed, it leads to hormonal imbalance.
According to National sleep foundation(NSF) USA, sound sleep of 7 to 9 hours is recommended, however people working in late hours often get only 4 to 5 hours of sleep.
Over a period of time, this can cause “Chronic Sleep Deprivation’ in which a person is never able to catch up on his sleep which is incredibly harmful. It starts with “discomfort” but prolonged sleep deprivation opens a heinous pandora box of physical, social, and mental illness.
Working at odd hours might stop you from socializing with friends, relatives, neighbors and even family. In the long run, you might end up being friends only with your colleagues who again may be suffering to keep up with others.
Metabolism largely depends on the secretion of hormones, for example, the hormone Leptin plays a critical role in regulating your weight, blood sugar and insulin levels. Food habits naturally change with change in sleeping patterns, which too generally result in certain disorders. However, one should note that such disorders are not caused by your diet alone and hormonal imbalance and stress may cause these symptoms or disorders
Weight Gain or severe weight loss.
Constipation, indigestion and other digestive disorders
Increased risk of obesity and diabetes
Increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhoea and ulcers
Increased risk of strokes and Heart Attack
A 2012 study in the British Medical Journal concluded that working the night shift caused a 7 percent increase in the likelihood of a heart attack as sleeping pattern changes affect blood pressure and circulation.
Increased risk of Depression
Numerous studies suggest that Social Deprivation and hormonal imbalance may trigger mood disorders, anxiety, and chronic depression.
When you push your body to the extreme, the body may start to rebel, which is poorer mind and body coordination, poor reflexes, and poor memory and motor skill. Such symptoms may adversely affect your performance and could lead to huge losses or a terrible life in general.
So while unhealthy sleeping hours over a period of time can do all sorts of possible damages to your mind, body, lifestyle, and longevity. The good news is that effects of reversible.
While the symptoms get severe over time and are even reported to be life-threatening, but the idea is to educate and not scare our readers, it calls for a deeper introspection of the situation, and here are a few questions that one must answer.
Q. Are you affected already ?
Q. Are you ready for worse ?
Q Is there anything you can do.
A lot of you might find it very difficult to do anything about it and could claim that you do not have a choice. But it would be a nice step to accept the situation and make efforts for a change. Being more careful with Nutrition or trying to make sure that you are well rested might help a bit for a short term but remember that however normal it appears currently, ignoring our body or body clock may not help in a long run and one might want to watch out for an alternative career to watch out for their body and health.
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