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The pitfalls of shift work

Louisiana residents who earn a living as shift workers may face many potential health hazards. This was the finding of a comprehensive review recently published in "The BMJ." Researchers found that those who started work before 6 a.m. may experience a lower quality of sleep.

Various health problems may occur when individuals regularly sleep outside of their circadian rhythms. While those who sleep during the day may have an easier time falling asleep, they may have trouble sleeping more than four to six hours at a time. However, the impact of shift work may be lessened when workers have four shifts in a row prior to taking time off or switching to a new shift.

Those who work the night shift are more likely to be victims of strokes while all shift workers have a higher likelihood of becoming obese. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, disrupting the circadian rhythm may lead to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Individuals who work night shifts may also be at an increased risk of workplace injury or getting into a car crash after work.

If an individual suffers from an injury while at work, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may help a worker pay for medical bills related to the injury. It may also help to pay living expenses until they are able to return to work. An attorney may help someone who has questions about their case or had their claim denied by a workers' compensation insurance company.

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