In news you probably expected, shifting isn't good for you...
It’s no secret that shift work has a disruptive impact on your sleep, eating habits and general health, but thanks to a new study we now know that shifts are even worse for your health and wellbeing than first thought.
Research from Uppsala University found that working irregular hours can actually impair cognitive function. The study concluded that shift workers have trouble recalling information, learning new things, concentrating and making decisions that affect their everyday life.
So far, so bleak, but it gets worse…
According to the Mail Online, Dr Christian Benedict – the professor who headed up the study – said: ‘Our results indicate that shift work is linked to poorer performance on a test that is frequently used to screen for cognitive impairment in humans.’
‘The poorer performance was only observed in current shift workers and those who worked shifts during the past five years… no difference was observed between non-shift workers and those who had quit shift work more than five years ago.’
That’s right, Benedict and his team suggest it can take as long as FIVE YEARS out of shifting to register similar cognitive performance to those who have never worked a shift.
Time to look for a new job?