sleep disturbances

How Shift Work Affects the Circadian System

When you understand how the body’s circadian systems work, it’s easy to see how keeping an irregular schedule will affect this internal timekeeper. Shift work creates a misalignment between your internal clock and the outside world. When this happens, your body’s timekeeper sends you signals that conflict with the activities you’re trying to do. This may cause your …

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Living & Coping With Shift Work Disorder

Shift work disorder can affect your health, as well as your performance and safety on the job. Physical Health  Shift work has been linked to certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Long-term night shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Insufficient …

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Alzheimer’s onset could be triggered by sleep disturbances

Alzheimer’s onset could be triggered by sleep disturbances Tuesday 18 March 2014 – 8am PST Chronic sleep problems can inflame a number of health problems, fromwidespread pain to speeding up cancer. Though sleep disturbances have been observed in people with Alzheimer’s disease, whether this is a cause or effect has been unknown. Now, researchers say …

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Poor Sleep in Gulf War Vets May Be Tied to Brain Changes

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests. Using MRI scans and a sleep quality assessment, researchers found that sleep disturbances among 144 Gulf War vets were associated with less gray matter in the frontal lobe …

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