Shift Work and the Brain

November 4, 2014 5:23 AM

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A new study demonstrates that working abnormal hours for many years (known as “shift work”) can be rough on both the body and the brain. This new study says that performing shift work for at least ten years could have add an extra 6.5 years of age-related health decline to memory and critical thinking skills.

“Our work suggests that shift work is associated with impaired cognition, that the association is stronger and especially significant for exposure durations exceeding 10 years, and finally, and maybe most importantly, that the effect persists after having ceased and form of shift-work schedule,” rep...

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