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A Primer of Sleep Disorders for Shift Workers

The DSM is being rewritten with the new DSM-5 expected to be published in 2013. There are many new proposals regarding sleep disorders in the new version of the encyclopedia of psychiatric disorders. Many shift workers are impacted by sleep disorders. Continue reading

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Employee Health and Shift Work Lifestyle Training Leads to a Happier and Healthier Workforce….and to Increased Company Profits!

Shift workers are especially at risk for cardiovascular disease. CSX Transportation and its employees focused in on this issue and dramatically reduced their employees risk of heart disease. And, this had a positive impact on reducing the company’s health insurance costs. Employee health and shift work lifestyle training does help employees improve their health and improve company profits. Continue reading

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What’s Green and Beige and Eaten All Over?

Potassium is important for shift workers as it helps boost seratonin levels. Shift workers often suffer from reduced levels of seratonin causing them to be moody and sometimes depressed. Bananas are also another good source. Continue reading

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A Great Book to Read over the Holidays – “My Stroke of Insight,” by Jill Bolte Taylor

Book Review “ My Stroke of Insight “ a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., Taylor’s book provides a unique education about our brains, in particular, about how the two different hemispheres of our brains work. together … Continue reading

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Can Music Calm a Shift Worker’s Soul and Improve Sleep as Well?

Listening to music can help shift workers reduce stress and lower blood pressure as well as having a healing effect on many of the other challenges that come from working shift work. Continue reading

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WSJ Covers Heart Risk at Work and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Two articles in today’s Wall Street Journal are significant to shift workers. One story is about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the other’s about a new study reporting that men who didn’t confront colleagues or bosses who treated them unfairly doubled their risk of heart attack.
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The Problem of Migraines and Shift Work

One major factor in the development of migraines is lack of sleep. Migraine headaches are associated with more than double the likelihood of the most common kind of stroke – those occurring when blood supply to the brain is suddenly cut off by the buildup of plaque or a blood clot.
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Weight, Obesity, Fitness and Health

Participation in shift work has been associated with increased body mass index, prevalence of obesity and other health problems. Continue reading

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