Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

Are shift workers at an increased risk for other health issues?

Working outside a typical 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday can have a negative effect on your health.

Shift work has been tied to increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases and sicknesses, according to the National Sleep FoundationOff Site Icon (NSF).

Working night shift for a long period of time can, according to the NSF, put you at increased risk for:

  • cancers
  • depression
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • heart disease
  • metabolic problems
  • obesity
  • social difficulties
  • ulcers

Shift work for many people can also mean a lack of sleep, little exposure to sunlight, and poor eating habits, according to the NSF. These factors can contribute to cause the health issues above.

Talk to your doctor for more information about health issues shift workers can experience.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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