Night workers can 'suffer ailments'

12-12-2007

Night workers can 'suffer ailments'
Night workers may suffer minor ailments due to the nature of their work, one expert has said.

According to Jessica Alexander, a spokesperson for the Sleep Council, the nature of shift work can mean that some employees are more run down and experience stomach problems.

Furthermore, Ms Alexander stated that those working through the night are likely to have to endure poor quality sleep and are often chronically sleep deprived.

"A lot of research has been done in recent years into the best sort of shift patterns in order to minimise the problems, but the worst thing to do is to keep chopping and changing it a lot, so it will never settle down," she remarked.

Ms Alexander added that night workers could benefit from changing their diet.

"For anyone who's doing a lot of shift work and not getting enough daylight, it could definitely help them if they supplement their diet," she commented.

As reported by the Earthtimes, working nights may also increase the risk of developing cancer, a new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer indicated.

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