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Risks of Working Night Shift

Posted on September 22, 2014 | No Comments on Risks of Working Night Shift

With the boom of the call center and BPO industry in the Philippines, millions of Filipinos work a permanent night shift or regularly rotate in and out of night shifts. This work routine exposes them to the risk of working night shifts including restlessness, sleepiness on the job, fatigue, decreased attention and disruption of the body’s metabolic process.

One of the biggest risks in working night shift is the disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm. This is the body timer that lets various glands know when to release hormones that control mood, alertness, body temperature and other aspects of the body’s daily cycle. Because people normally sleep at night and works in the day, most night workers suffer from a disruption of the circadian rhythm that in turn results to fatigue, restlessness and decreased attention. The physical and mental stress related to this problem can in turn trigger deadlier diseases such as diabetes and heart problems. In fact, the disruption in the body clock is one of the primary reasons why night shift workers especially in the call center industry are unable to continue with the work.

Another major risk suffered by night workers relates to unhealthy lifestyle. In order to keep one’s body alert and attentive, most night workers engaged in vices such as cigarette smoking, coffee drinking to stay awake. Meanwhile, some engaged in binge drinking or alcohol abuse in the morning in order to drive them to sleep.

Aside from the direct and long term physical health problems relating to working night shift, night shift workers are also vulnerable to scrupulous individuals like thieves, snatchers, rapists and other criminals that normally prey on honest working people in the night.

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