Irregular Shift Work May Slow Brain Function

November 12, 2014 1:16 PM

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Several past studies have found health impacts of working irregular shifts, such as an increased risk for heart disease. And a new study may have found some negative long-term mental effects of shift work.

Memory, overall brain function and information processing declined when people worked a combination of hours during the night and day, the new study found. But once a person no longer worked shifts, their brain regained its usual cognitive power -- although this took some time.

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