Shift Work Disorder - page 2

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Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organismís environment (NIGMS, 2012). Shift work disorder, also known as shift... Read More


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    I no longer am willing to work nights, because with 12 hr back-to-back nights, you have no life. I wok 3-11 now, and really like it. The most annoying thing to me is people who assume you are lazy because you are still in bed at 10 a.m. If I get home at midnight or after, I can't just fall asleep the minute I get home; I have to unwind, etc. So if I get to sleep at 2 or 3 a.m., I will still be in bed at 10 a.m. People who have never worked shift-work just don't have a clue!
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    Well, looks like I have all the symptoms

    After 4 months on night shift, this night owl concedes defeat. I am literally wiped out for two days after my usual 3 in a row 12-hour night shifts and having to switch back to a day schedule because I have elementary school age kids.

    There is only one cure: day shift (which I expect to get within a schedule or two; can't wait!)
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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?
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    Quote from frogdream
    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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