Those with Irregular Work Hours Vulnerable to More Health Risks

July 15, 2016

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Research shows that people who take on a heavy workload with around-the-clock hours – particularly, 5 PM to 12 AM., and 12 AM. to 8 AM. shifts – are more likely to have more health issues. These shifts throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which dictates your body’s natural sleep patterns. These work hours also have an effect on how you are exposed to light. Our bodies’ circadian rhythms also dictate eating and regulating body temperatures, leading to many of our natural functions being thrown off.

In short, those with work shifts outside of a typical 9-to-5 may be making themselves more vulnerable to: increased cancer risk, lowered immunity, metabolic issues and obesity, gastrointestinal conditions, diabetes and decreased cognitive function.

Keeping a typical work schedule can be hard, especially for entrepreneurs whose businesses may require them to adapt to non-traditional business hours. Still, doing your best to keep a schedule that allows you to maximize your time keeping a healthy work-life balance, getting exercise or outdoor time, and installing other healthy habits can make a difference with increasing your likelihood of success, while also ensuring that your health isn’t sacrificed in the process.

As the work industry continues to shift, it’s important that we find ways to embrace a better work-life balance – to keep our success without sacrificing the importance of our health.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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