If you’re a woman and you work the night shift, and you plan to do so for a while, you might want to consider the effect it may have on your heart.
A recent study has found that women who worked on rotating night shifts for 5 or more years have a slight but significant increase in their risk of developing heart disease.
It doesn’t matter if the individuals do or do not have other potentially related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or increased cholesterol, the increase in risk seems to be across the board.
Why? Researchers aren’t sure. It was suggested that the increase in risk could be related to the fact that working rotating night shifts disrupts the body’s natural biological rhythms and that it can also make it harder for people to maintain meaningful social networks.
Past studies have shown that having a healthy social life can be just as important as getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy diet in terms of keeping our physical selves in good hands.
So what to do if you ARE working night shifts? Quit. Or ask for a change to a more balanced schedule.
According to the study, the negative effect of working the graveyard shift ceased to exist once the women quit having to go to it.
You heard it here: you owe it to yourself, ladies!
See if you can find something in the daylight hours and talk with family and friends to see how they may be able to support you making the change. Sometimes help is waiting where you least expect it.