The Impossibility Of The Night Shift

August 26, 2014 3:35 PM

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Maintaining a regular circadian rhythm is crucial for human health. But almost 15 percent of full-time salaried workers in the United States work the graveyard shift, making them susceptible to sleep-cycle issues that, according to a new study, “can jeopardize occupational health and safety by causing human errors and changes in basic biological and physiological functions.”

Whether it's an emergency room doctor, a security guard, or a night editor, a person working odd hours is 30 percent more likely to fall asleep on the job or have insomnia than a day-working counterpart. That problem, called “shift-work sleep disorder,” inspired a team of international researchers (...

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