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Working at night has health risks

Sleep Have you ever left your house at an odd hour to take your kid on a field trip or a sick child to the emergency room and wondered, who are all these people on the road at this hour? Are they on their way to work or home from work?

There are lots of people who work the night shift. For some, it's the way they balance work and family, often doing tag team with a spouse. But studies now show that people who work night or graveyard shifts may get an hourly premium but they pay a price with their health. Working at night is linked to disrupted sleep and puts you at risk for health problems such as obesity, heart disease and cancer, according study cited in the Los Angeles Times.

Researchers found people who feel most fatigued begin their work shift at 11 p.m. The people who feel least fatigued begin their work shift at 9 a.m.  However, starting a shift anywhere from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. allows for people to go to bed at a decent time and have the least amount of uninterrupted sleep.

Did you realize your body/health is sensitive to work shifts? Would that make a difference in whether you accept a job or a shift?


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Most people who work night shifts have no choice. It's not a matter of accepting a higher hourly premium. In fact, most people who work nights don't make any more than their daytime counterparts do. Employers need nightshift workers, but don't want to pay them any more than any other worker.

Cindy Goodman

I guess these days, with unemployment still sky high, businesses rarely pay a premium for anything.

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