Health Challenges Of Rotating Shift Workers

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Although operating a business twenty four hours, a day seven days a week is great for production, it’s not always good for the workers’ health. Some of the health challenges that rotating shift workers will experience in their career are obesity, insomnia, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease. The effects of a rotating shift work can be challenging for workers who are not aware of the health issues, and how their circadian rhythm works.
The circadian rhythm is what controls an individual’s sleep pattern along with telling the brain to release melatonin, a chemical that helps control your wake and sleep cycle. Rotating shifts can create havoc on an individual’s circadian rhythm, and may lead to physical and or health
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Aside from the lack of sleep and insomnia that a worker may encounter, individuals have been known to feel secluded from their friends and family. This feeling of isolation is caused from the job requiring them to be at work during nights, weekends, and holidays. Another factor that comes in to play with feeling withdrawn is caused from the lack of exercise and the possibility of eating unhealthy. Being awake during the hours when your brain thinks you should be asleep, combined with the lack of interaction with family and friends and unhealthy habits, psychological problems may …show more content…
Carbohydrate and lipid metabolisms have been known to show cycles similar to the circadian rhythm, and when these are thrown off track, it makes it harder for the body to process them. An experimental study was conducted and what was discovered is that workers can eat the same amount of food throughout the day, but the difference in how the body burned the energy was different for late night meals. The study took test subjects and had them eat a meal at the same time each day: 9:00 am, 5:00 pm, and 1:00 am. As a result of this study, it was noted that “a clear difference in the energy expenditure response to the same meal, depending on the circadian stage during which it was consumed. Morning diet-induced thermogenesis was significantly higher compared with afternoon and night. Therefore, the time at which a meal is consumed may affect the thermogenic response.” (Antunes "Obesity; Working hours; Metabolism; Circadian rhythm"

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