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How Shift Work Can Lead to Work-Related Illness

Posted on 11/14/2013

New research shows that shift workers across the United States face work-related illnesses from the hours that they work. The research details the dangers of not getting proper rest and that working off-peak and long hours can have permanent and dangerous health effects.

The research details several ways that shift work can lead to work-related illness. The research details the following:

  • Individuals working night or evening shifts often get less than six hours of sleep. Individuals that receive less than six hours of sleep have more than double the risk of bad quality sleep, thus increasing risks for other illnesses.
  • Women working the night shift have a 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer. This risk is especially prominent in women who worked the night shift for four or more years and those who worked three or fewer nights a week.
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping against your body’s natural clock can increase your chances of developing diabetes or being overweight. These two conditions can also lead to many more dangerous health issues.
  • An increase in heart attack risk for individuals who work overnight.
  • Working the night shift can more than double your likelihood of experiencing a workplace injury.
  • Shift work can have a profound effect on mental health, including an increased risk of developing or aggravating mood disorders and increasing depression risks.


For many, working overnight is simply part of their career, however, there are some serious illnesses that they may face if they are not properly taking care of themselves. It’s important that they work with their employer to ensure their health concerns are addressed. If you have experienced a workplace illness in Philadelphia that prohibits you from working, call the workplace accident attorneys of Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo today at 888-807-WORK (9675) for a free case evaluation.

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