Night-shift jobs and their associated health risks tend to fall on the shoulders of those of lower socioeconomic status. As a result, risks of “shift work” tend to go ignored among a population in which chronic health issues are already pervasive, according to The Atlantic.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has called night shifts “probably carcinogenic,” according to the report. Other harmful health effects include higher risks of coronary artery disease, diabetes, weight gain and some forms of cancer.
However, these health risks are most closely associated with the practice of “shifting” or “shift work,” in which one frequently switches from night shifts to day shifts. Brain studies among those who’ve done shift work for at least a decade indicate cognitive decline years in advance, according to the report.
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