Sleepless nights, according to the study published at the European Heart Journal, increase risk of having an irregular heart rhythm referred to as Atrial Fibrillation, in addition to coronary heart disease. The study was done among 283657 employed people in the United Kingdom, without heart diseases.
Researchers found that the commonly working at night shifts was associated with an increased heart diseases risk of 12 per cent, compared to day time workers. Therefore the risk increased to 18 per cent for 10 or more years and 22 per cent if they were averaging three to eight shifts in a month.
People likely to work the night shift include security guards, cops, soldiers, long distance transporters, late-night radio presenters, customer service operaters, airline crew, doctors and nurses.
The Covid 19 pandemic, which made many people to work from home, also had others working longer into the wee hours. The most affected are those in essential services, including journalist, who have the graveyard shift. But majority of those working hours, an issue that increases working hours.
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