Night Shift And Cancer - page 6

"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   HARN
    I have worked night shift for almost 10 years & I preferr nights to days. I personally do not need a lot of sleep so working my three 12's a wk does not mess with too much. As far as cancer is's my family, both sides all I assuming I will deal with it anyway. What can we do someone has to work nights!!!!!
  2. by   Zinnia
    I agree,who wants to live forever? Besides, I like night shift. If I am happy and sleep well, I do, Isn't that a plus for the old bod'?
    I have been working 7p to 7a for 14 years now. Love it.
  3. by   jaxnRN
    I feel like a zombie and never know what day it really is, whether I'm coming or going, hungry or just thirsty. I am only 35 and I cannot remember names or certain dates, and I can't even remember what I was going to say when I start a sentence. I have completely lost track of the passing days, they all just seem to blur together.

    During the night at work, I FEEL like I am with it, but the next day it all seems really foggy to me. Thank heavens I am not foggy at work. I actually feel like I am functioning until the next day. I also feel like I am missing out on my life, which I never ever felt like when I was working days!!

    I could not work this shift for the rest of my days. I would love it though if I didn't have to work and if there was some sort of circadian-reversal med to take.
  4. by   New CCU RN
    Honestly, if a shift is affecting you that much, don't do it. Every one is different.... it is your body reacting to the shift, not the shift in itself.

    If days are seeming foggy and you don't remember things that clearly you are not getting enough sleep. If you can't sleep during the day then don't do night shift, it is as simple as that.

    Not everyone is affected this way.... and I still say that it is other behaviors ie) not exercising, not eating right, not sleeping enough that cause cancer.... not working nights.
  5. by   oraibi
    Originally posted by babs_rn

    Night shifts also predispose you to serious digestive disorders and heart disease, obesity, and diabetes (all due to sleep disorders)...there's still the whole circadian rhythm argument, which is a valid one. I lost two whole years of my life in my memory because of night shift. Those years are gone. I don't remember them at all.

    hi Babs!

    im one of those working nights just until i can get off working nights . . . but when i do work at night i don't eat . . . the body is not designed to digest food at night and fasting eases the strain on the digestive system . . . good way to loose weight too

    i was wondering, do people who work nights a lot dream? just curious

    i was also wondering about this 7-7 shift system, who came up with that? it almost seems like a 3-3 (or some other) shift might make it a healthier system . . . just thinking out loud

    i loved your sign off:

    "Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying." -- Christian Gellert

    that pretty much says it all!!!

  6. by   angelbear
    Ya know in all honesty I too am convinced it is the lack of healthy habits that is the problem. I really do like nights and dont think I woulld like dealing with everybody and everything on days. Once my son is 18 he will probably go to a group home if we can find an awsome one for him. Then I wont suffer from the guilt it just drives me nuts that he cant go outside or anything when I am sleeping. And once my meds get adjusted I am sure that will help too. This has been a great thread for me. Oh yae one more thing I would truely feel better if 3rd shift could get more respect. Thanks for listening Gee I say that alot dont I?
  7. by   Tookie
    Yes l agree we have to take responsibility (I am into this at the moment) for our decision and my decision was to work 14 and half years of night - however l wish that l had the foresight and the knowledge that maybe - just maybe it would have a long term effect in my life - l guess that is informed decision making

    I said earlier - it is something that should be included at school for nursing - not as --- this will happen if you choose to do nights - but this is a consequence if you choose to long term nights

    Also habits are hard to get out of - when l trained we were not encouraged to exercise or eat well - as such - it was get on with work etc

    However we are not the only night duty workers - there are many other professions out there that require night shift - I would hate to see one of my children doing it long term

  8. by   New CCU RN
    I'm still voting on it being the person......not the shift.
  9. by   jaxnRN
    I WISH I didn't have to work nights. That is the only thing available right now, and believe me, I mean in ANY department. It is hard to get a day shift position. I live in a small town and the turnover rate is not very good. Which, in a way is good for the patients, bad for anyone wanting to move shifts and/or positions.

    I HAVE to eat at night or my blood sugar plummets and I feel sick. Of course, I eat the wrong things right now. But I am working on that aspect as we speak!
  10. by   kids
    Originally posted by babs_rn
    ...I lost two whole years of my life in my memory because of night shift. Those years are gone. I don't remember them at all.
    I ditto that BIG time...I barely remember my 2nd (of 3) marriages and have NO recall of my daughter being in the 7th grade...makes me wonder what her little brothers were doing.

    I have worked nights for 1-2 year stretches off & on in 13+ years of nursing...because sometimes it was the only work to be had. I am not a night shift person (my body LOVES swing shift) and I start getting sick after just a few months...pale, sickly, bloated and tired. I was working nights when I also developed fibro (well controlled as a s/e of being in a pain mgmt program for my back).

    Anymore all it takes is 1 week of nights, no matter how well prepared I am for them to throw my body into imobilizing pain. Weird thing is: I take my meds at the exact same times, get just as much sleep and eat the same meals at almost the same time.

    I don't know if working nights takes 7 years off your life...I just know it made me wish I were dead.
  11. by   MtnMan
    Nights small ED nice to work with nurses who respect and appreciate us. My cancer will come from my marlboror's and I wiil not blame it on my job.
  12. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by New CCU RN
    I'm still voting on it being the person......not the shift.
    Too many studies have shown night shift workers have more health problems. Whether it be a hormonal thing, a circadian rhythm thing or bad habits who knows. That said, I think if a night shift worker sleeps uninterrupted, exercises, eats right, etc. there won't be any ill effects from working nights.

    Too many night workers I've seen a nappers, don't sleep uninterrupted a good 8 or whatever hours their body needs.

    I'm voting on a combination of poor habits coupled with the stress of working nights on the body.
  13. by   Scis
    I've done nights preferably for the past 10 years in trauma. Though the staffing is lighter, there are no big-wigs breathing down your neck as you work either. Plenty of counter-space too, the days are filled with medical students, residents, etc., it's amazing how we night people get the job done with all of these "important" types not around! The health problems and weight issues are key though, and you never do feel totally rested being you really only get 3 nights of sleep, that fourth day after 3 nights on is lost! For those of us with kids, at least our bodies are physically there in the daytime, although the interrupted sleep can't be healthy either. During the short stints when I've done day shifts to see how the other half lives, I noticed that day shift ER workers seem to complain about their health and being tired more than the night shift!! Whatever floats your boat. Patty