Could your job be bad for your health?


Joy Richards - November 7, 2014 Hi, I’m Joy - Happy Beds' Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.

Could your job be bad for your health?

Recently conducted French and UK research has indicated that those whose long-term working role involves a shift rotation may find their brain power affected.

The study revealed that these disrupted sleep patterns could have an effect on the body similar to jet lag, only on a weekly basis as opposed to following a long haul flight.

Several thousand people took part in the study, which has spanned over 15 years, with half of the subjects working shifts for a minimum of 50 days each year. It was designed to track the abilities of both workers and retired people with an age range of 32-62. It revealed that for many who had worked shifts for 10 years or more, their memory scores were lower, reflecting a result of over six years’ cognitive decline in relation to their age.

One of the causes, may be the fact that shift work disrupts the body pattern, leading to physiological stress, which would impact on brain power. Also, a lack of vitamin D – due to the fact that the hours worked mean less daylight is seen and absorbed – could play a part.

However, your working commitments are not always easy to influence. The role/sector you work in may rely on a revolving shift pattern to maximise production. It is important to take steps to ensure that when it is time to sleep, you get a quality night or day’s sleep.

As well as a dark and warm sleep environment, a comfortable bed is a must. There is lots of choice, whether you are looking for a pocket sprung mattress or an orthopaedic one, the best bit of advice is to try before you buy.