Health effects on the body while working overnight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/09

Health effects on the body while working overnight

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More than eight million Americans work the night shift. Now, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have been studying this odd schedule of working and eating. Researchers found those people whose day and night is skewed may also have an altered metabolism.

Working overnight people an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. " It was quite striking that these effects are actually observed just within a few days." says Dr. Sheer.  

Dr. Scheer says he used a sleep lab to study the hormones and metabolism of volunteers who slept under conditions simulating night shift workers. He also says the changes he noticed in the lab don't even take into effect the stress that may come with working.

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