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Shift Work - Symptoms & Risks

Shift work disorder makes it difficult to get enough sleep each day. As a result, you may experience:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Poor mood & 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 include:

  • Frequent infections, colds and the flu
  • Breast and prostate cancer
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
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