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Why Working the Night Shift Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease
It‘s a fact: working at night has all sorts of long-term consequences that include an increased risk of heart disease.
The question is why?
- It disrupts your body‘s circadian rhythm. People are meant to sleep at night and work during the day. It is at night that the body repairs itself and constantly being awake at night leads to higher levels of risk factors known to promote cardiovascular disease despite other factors like diet and family history.
- Working at night elevates blood pressure and is a risk factor for hypertension, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease.
- Sleeping from 11:00AM-7:00PM mimicking that of a night shift worker results to higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure. People who sleep from 10:00PM-7:00AM typically have lower blood pressure following regular sleeping pattern.
- Working at night is parallel with increased smoking and caffeine intake. One also tends to reach for greasy, salty food and sodas to keep awake. Once the graveyard shift is done, people head out to open restaurants to drink beer so that they fall asleep during daytime.
- Circulation problems arise from sitting long hours with very short bathroom breaks. Doctors have remarked that “sitting long hours is the new smoking.“
If you are working during the night shift, it is crucial to get your heart checked regularly so you are aware of how you can keep your heart in great shape despite your night life.
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Source: Morris C, Scheer F, et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016. http://www.medicaldaily.com/night-shift-heart-disease-circadian-rhythm-body-clock-372666