The Sleep Council Low-res-Uncomfortable-bed-225x300 Shift Work Linked To Obesity

Shift work has certainly been making its mark in the media over the past few weeks.

Not only have we seen the reports that antisocial hours can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability but a new study has found that night shift work is linked to obesity as employees who sleep during the day burn fewer calories than when sleeping at night.

According to the research night shift patterns disrupt the metabolism of employees, causing them to use less energy than they normally would over the course of a day. The mismatch between the body’s internal circadian clock and sleep patterns disrupts normal metabolism which may explain why those who work night shifts are more likely to suffer from obesity and related diseases such as heart disease.

Shift work is harmful to sleep but the knock on effects on health are equally damaging. With an estimated 4.1million people working night shifts, it’s important that those who do understand the importance of sleep and do what they can to achieve better daytime sleep.

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