Effects of Shift Work

Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) is associated with a number of long term risks and complications. People affected by shift work change are at higher risk for job-related accidents and injuries and often are less productive at work. Excessive sleepiness and other symptoms of shift work disorder such as irritability, high stress levels, and mood changes, also can have a negative impact on marriages, family life, and personal relationships.

People with chronic sleeping disorders are at increased risk for developing certain medical conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, psychological disorders (e.g., depression, substance abuse), and reproductive disorders (e.g., infertility). Studies have shown that people who work rotating shifts for 10 years or longer may have as much as a 300% higher risk for serious medical conditions than people who are unaffected by shift work.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at HealthCommunities.com

Published: 15 Apr 2009

Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012