Night shift syndrome - page 4
Is there a such thing as "night shift syndrome"? I just started working 12 hour nights in July after working 12 hour days for about 6 months. I decided to go to nights because in my current position,... Read More
0Mar 22, '13 by TheWalkingDeadNurseYour adrenals are putting out more and more adrenaline to keep you going at night, because you are not supposed to be working at night, you should be sleeping, or so your body thinks so. Long term exposure to the increased adrenaline makes you hypersensitive to EVERYTHING, and it will cause changes in your hormones and neurotransmitters and it alters your sleep which makes you feel even worse. I'd have your cortisol levels checked. My guess is that they will be really high as mine are. And check your vitamin D levels, those would be low too since night shifters sleep during the day. So your immune system is less efficient. My body is seriously jacked up, and I started taking vitamin D supplements, and I've finally made the decision to never work nights again. It's taking me a long time to find a job, but I can't go back to nights! Some people are fine and adjust easily. Some people just can't do it.