Shift Work Disorder - page 2

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism's environment (NIGMS, 2012). Shift work... Read More

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    I have been a nurse in an acute care hospital for around 2 years, the last 9 months have been on the 7P-7:30A shift. After a few months of adjustment, I am surprised at how well I feel. I am also post menopausal and I am wondering if the lack of hormones help with the adjustment. I seem to do better than the 20-30 year olds. Any thoughts?
    I have never seen any definite studies that correlate the decrease in estrogen production to the increase in metabolic activity(energy). If anything, this would have a reversed effect as less T3 and T4 are being produced. I would simply equate your adjustment to the reticular formation in the brain stem. Obviously you have fine tuned your circadian clock to adapt to the shift change, and in some individuals this could be more successful due to lifestyle adjustments. Most 20-30 year olds are juggling career and family..
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