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Would you describe yourself as a morning lark or a night owl? Everyone is different – whilst some people might bounce out of bed and be at their most productive first thing in the morning, others may find they are more creative in the evenings and come up with their best ideas in the wee small hours. For this reason, some employees might find their natural rhythm doesn’t quite align with their required working hours. Whilst some might adjust well to a work pattern of nightshifts, others may find it impossible to perform at their best. In fact, it could even damage their health.
Read on as the Occupational Health experts at YourGP discuss the effects of working nightshifts and offer tips on how to ensure you get the best quality sleep during your time off.
Every person has a natural internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Over the course of a 24-hour cycle, your body will carry out a range of essential functions and processes – from the release of hormones and control of your temperature, to your sleep-wake cycle. Your body’s natural circadian rhythm is aligned to day and night, but certain factors can disrupt your rhythm. One such factor is working nightshifts.
Employees who find it difficult to adjust to a work pattern of nightshifts may experience a range of negative effects including fatigue, impaired work performance, and increased number of accidents.
What’s more, some pre-existing health conditions can be made worse by working nightshifts. Gastrointestinal disorders for example, can be exacerbated by the disturbance of appetite and digestion. Cardiovascular disorders can also worsen, as can epilepsy and diabetes, as well as depression and anxiety.
It can be difficult to sleep during the day between nightshifts but the Occupational Health experts at YourGP recommend the following steps to give yourself the best chance of a good quality rest:
Employers have a duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees. They should therefore be mindful of the potential effects of working nightshifts and make reasonable adjustments where possible to minimise any negative effects.
The Occupational Health experts at YourGP recommend that employees carry out any safety critical work at the start of their nightshift if possible, as opposed to at the end when they are more likely to be tired and make mistakes. Furthermore, regular rest breaks should be scheduled throughout nightshifts.
Employees should make their managers aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that could potentially be exacerbated by working nightshifts. And where an employee feels that their work pattern of nightshifts is having a detrimental effect on their health, employers should be open to discussing other options.
If you would like to find out more about safeguarding the health and wellbeing of your employees, call 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation with one of our team.
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