Does night shift damage your health? In addition to cancer, night shift work has been associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, metabolic disorders, and sleep disorders (4). Night shift workers might also have an increased risk for reproductive issues, such as irregular menstrual cycles, miscarriage, and preterm birth.
Do night shifts shorten your life? After 22 years, researchers found that the women who worked on rotating night shifts for more than five years were up to 11% more likely to have died early compared to those who never worked these shifts.
Do night shifts make you age? Recent research showed the brains of workers who’d done 10 years of night shifts had aged by an extra six-and-a-half years. They couldn’t remember as much or think so quickly. A massive study in the US has been following 75,000 female nurses who work shifts over the past 22 years.
What is the best sleep pattern for night shift? A nap of about 90 minutes seems to be best. Naps during work hours may also help you stay awake and alert. You may also want to take a nap during the night shift “lunch hour.” This can make you more productive and more satisfied.