Night shifts are bad for you, says report
Working during the day, enjoying nights out, and lying in at the weekend to catch up on sleep may result in more than just grumpiness on a Monday morning. Burning the candle at both ends could be as unhealthy as smoking, warn scientists.
A report in New Scientist looks at the problems of Britain's emerging 24-hour society. It claims that shopping at midnight, selling shares at 4 am, and working night shifts can damage health, intelligence, and relationships as our bodies are not designed to cope.
“People have to accept that they are members of a daytime species,” Professor Simon Foulkard, a sleep expert from the University of Wales, told New Scientist. “Asking people to work at night is a bit like throwing them into the sea to be aquatic for a week. It is possible but we are not designed to do it, so there are risks.”