Night shifts are bad for you, says report
- By: Kay Brennan
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.”