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What can be the effects of shift work on my health?

Shift work disorder makes it difficult to get enough sleep each day. Short-term problems that can be caused by shift work disorder include:
  • excessive sleepiness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • lack of energy
  • difficulty concentrating
  • headaches
  • poor mood and irritability
Shift work disorder can also increase the risk for:
  • work-related injuries
  • costly mistakes at work
  • increased use of sick time
  • accidents related to drowsy driving
  • substance abuse due to use of drugs or alcohol to improve sleep
Increased long term health risks for shift work disorder include:
  • Frequent infections, colds and the flu
  • Breast and prostate cancer
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity

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