Night Shift And Cancer - page 2

"The researchers studied 78,586 women taking part in a long-running program called the Nurses' Health Study. The nurses who worked night shifts at least three times a month for 15 years or more had a... Read More

  1. by   angelbear
    I have worked nights for 5 yrs now. Love my coworkers and my job but Hate what nights has done to me. True there are some pro;s such as more autonomy, less noise usually, dont have to deal with families and management. But tons of cons: Way less staffing , way more emergencies, no respect from day shift, most places you are the nurse and housekeeping. Very little sunshine ever. Since I have started working nights I have been diagnosed with probable lupus, fibromyalgia, severe RLS and PLMD. I never have any energy I have become anti social, put on weight(like I needed that) I smoke and have had cervicle CA recurr twice. So if working nights means you live 7 yrs less I best say my good byes now at 35. I dought that overweight smokers with lupus, fibro, RLS, PLMD and recurring cervicle ca who work nights survive very long. Dang I think I may already be dead.
  2. by   EmeraldNYL
    Yikes!!! So sorry to hear that angelbear. So what do you all who work nights do to stay healthy? On your days off, do you usually keep the same schedule or do you switch back to sleeping at night? Like I said, I am TOTALLY not a morning person and would like the extra money, but all this talk of health problems is scaring me off of working nights.
  3. by   teeituptom
    I like night shift, I was told if I went to days I would have to wear a tie, and that would surely choke me to death even faster.
    The great secret to life is you can work all night and golf in the AM. you cant work all day and golf at night. Though I have golfed at night also
  4. by   Talino
    In the article ...

    Melatonin is produced at night and regular exposure to sunlight affects the production cycle, which peaks in the middle of the night. Artificial light suppresses melatonin production.
    Just my assumption...

    So, less melatonin production is linked to cancer. There is an OTC dietary supplement out there that stimulates the production of melatonin. One I know is a controlled-release melatonin. By taking it you should be maintaining a normal melatonin level. Just as one would take calcium supplements to reduce the chance of getting Osteoporosis.

    Right??? But then again, I would have to explore it further.
  5. by   teeituptom
    who wants to live forever
  6. by   EmeraldNYL
    Originally posted by Talino
    In the article ...



    Just my assumption...

    So, less melatonin production is linked to cancer. There is an OTC dietary supplement out there that stimulates the production of melatonin. One I know is a controlled-release melatonin. By taking it you should be maintaining a normal melatonin level. Just as one would take calcium supplements to reduce the chance of getting Osteoporosis.

    Right??? But then again, I would have to explore it further.
    I was kinda thinking the same thing Talino. But I don't think you'd want to take Melatonin at night while you were working because wouldn't it make you very sleepy? That might hinder your ability to do your job. You could take melatonin when you get home in the morning before you go to bed, but then that might mess with your internal clock even more. I looked up melatonin supplements, and the info. I found said that it is not approved by the FDA and there haven't been many studies done on the long-term effects of taking the supplements, so doctors do not recommend taking it every night. Some people advocate taking it for jet lag, however.
  7. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    who wants to live forever
    Ha ha! When I told my BF tonite about the 7 year thing, he was appalled! I did want to say to him exactly what you just said, ha ha!
  8. by   Flynurse
    I saw this on CNN last night....surprised, but not.

    Didn't read the article you posted, but shouldn't Melatonin supplements help?

  9. by   debmac
    WELL I'M RIGHT IN THERE WITH MOST OF YOU!! I HAVE WORKED NIGHT SHIFT FOR NINE YEARS THIS TIME AROUND OUT OF FINANCIAL NECESSITY.. I DO LOVE THE HOSPITAL AT NIGHT HOWEVER AND THE LACK OF DISTRACTIONS. BUT IT HAS TAKEN A HEALTH TOLL ON ME..I AM NOT A NATURAL NIGHTOWL AND HAVE A TERIBLE PROBLEM SLEEPING. FIRST NIGHT BACK EVEN THOUGH I TRY TO NAP..I USUALLY DON'T SLEEP AND SO I END UP BEING UP FOR TWENTY FOUR HOURS MORE OR LESS BY THE TIME I GET OFF....I DO REVERT TO BEING A DAY PERSON ON MY DAYS OFF...AND I DO TAKE MELATONIN...MORE AS A SLEEP AID..THOUGH I'M NOT AT ALL CONVINCED OF ITS EFFICACY. I ALSO TAKE VALERAIN ROOT..HAS ANYBODY HEARD ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TAKING THIS HERB ON A LONG TIME BASIS?? ALSO HOW MANY OF YOU NIGHT SHIFTERS RELY ON SOME KINDA OF SLEEP AID??
  10. by   powmol
    I think that working days would surely kill me! Hmmm maybe should rephrase that, If I worked days where I currently work, I would wish for death, of myself, or several of the current staff members!!! hahahaha
  11. by   oraibi
    posted by Talino

    So, less melatonin production is linked to cancer. There is an OTC dietary supplement out there that stimulates the production of melatonin. One I know is a controlled-release melatonin. By taking it you should be maintaining a normal melatonin level. Just as one would take calcium supplements to reduce the chance of getting Osteoporosis.

    hi

    im a new grad and low man on the totem pole
    so against my wishes and better judgement i am
    working some nights . . . just unil i can get a
    straight pm gig

    go to the library and order the book "Lights Out"
    i loaned it to a friend so i don't remember the author
    but this book was very thought provoking

    the essense was that the authors studied the research
    and came to the conclusion that the rise of
    heart disease, cancer and other diseases coincided
    with the rise of electric lights tv and now computers

    these things are messing with our natural light/dark
    cycles . . . remember circadian rythyms and stress
    hormone secretion and related stuff from A&P

    there are suggestions in the book which can help
    noc workers . . . including making your bedroom
    completely dark . . . wearing rose colored glasses
    (can increase melatonin production 70%) . . .
    and dietary changes . . .

    i think sleep is critical to good health and applys
    to patients too . . . another reason i hate night
    shift is waking people up to see if they are sleeping ok

    ~:O)

    serously, patients need sleep more than they need to have
    their vitals checked again . . . aye aye aye

    ciao for now

    ~oraibi
  12. by   angelbear
    In answer to the sleep aid question, Yes I have taken ambien for over a yr but now d/t change in rx insurance plan it is not an approved drug. So my dr changed me to temazepam It is not working for me. With my fibro, RLS and PLMD it is hard to get my meds regulated therefore it is hard for me to get sleep. For the record my room is completely blacked out I have a fan and I stay on noc's even on my noc's off.
  13. by   moz
    I agree, who wants to live forever?
    I occasionally take benadryl to help me sleep, but I can't tell that it always helps.
    I too, love the atmosphere of nights, it's more laid back most of the time, and also it's sink or swim, staffing is less and just plain fewer people in a emergency. I hate feeling tired most of the time, even days off.
    Thanks oraibi, I'll have to check out that book.

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