Working night shifts?
For your health, so says Science.
And since I work night shifts?
“Dang & blast!” So says me.
[via DailyMail]Night shifts can damage your health: Odd sleep cycle can cause problems in DNA
- The researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days
- Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day
- When following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’
By Fiona Macrae
They showed that a topsy-turvy sleep cycle causes havoc deep inside DNA.
This could help explain everything from why jet lag makes us feel so lousy to why shift work is linked to a host of health problems from obesity to diabetes.
The Surrey University researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days, until they were going sleep when they would normally wake up and vice versa.
Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day.
For instance, some genes involved in defending the body against disease worked harder during the day than at night.
But when following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night, this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’.
Researcher Dr Simon Archer told the BBC: ‘Over 97 per cent of rhythmic genes become out of sync with mistimed sleep and this really explains why we feel so bad during jet lag or if we have to work irregular shifts.’
Not only that…
But add to the fact that I often skip sleep altogether, on days that I am off, so I can get my sleep cycle back in sync with normal people?
Apparently just as bad, if not more so…
Than getting hit in the head:
[via DailyMail]A lack of sleep ‘damages the brain in a similar way to being hit on the head’
- The study results confirm the importance of a good night’s sleep
- Lack of sleep is associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS
Ever feel like you’ve been hit on the head after a bad night’s sleep? According to scientists, the thought isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.
A study found going without sleep for just one night causes changes in the brain similar to those that occur after a blow to the head.
The researchers said the healthy young men examined in the study showed a spike in the same chemicals which indicate brain damage.
When it comes to my job…
And my life?
Apparently there is just no winning on this score for me.
I am so screwed right now…
Apparently is giving me brain damage.