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The Persistent Impact of Unusual Work Hours on Health: A Study by NYU

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Having irregular work hours may have long-term consequences for your health

A recent study conducted at NYU has shed light on the long-term impacts of working unusual hours on health. While previous research has shown that working outside of the traditional nine-to-five workday can negatively affect physical and mental health, as well as family life, this new study suggests that the effects may persist even if individuals switch to jobs with more normal hours.

The researchers analyzed data from over 7,000 adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. They found that those with more volatile work schedules, such as working overnights or early morning shifts, reported lower sleep quality and were more likely to experience depressive symptoms by age 50 compared to those who worked traditional hours. Additionally, the study found that Black Americans were more likely to have unusual work schedules associated with poorer health outcomes, indicating that certain groups are disproportionately affected by non-traditional work schedules.

Dr. Mallika Marshall is a physician and Emmy-award-winning journalist who has been reporting on health for CBS Boston/WBZ-TV for over 20 years. She practices at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital where she is currently caring for patients with COVID-19 on the frontlines. Dr. Marshall also hosts and contributes to Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the publishing division of Harvard Medical School.

The HHP aims to provide people with reliable information about their health and wellbeing through various platforms including online articles, eBooks, podcasts and videos among others.

In conclusion, while previous studies have highlighted the negative effects of working unusual hours on physical and mental health, this new research shows that these effects may persist even if individuals switch to jobs with more normal hours. It’s important for employers to take into consideration the impact of their employees’ work schedules on their overall wellbeing and ensure that they are providing adequate support where necessary.

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsskio.com, I weave words to craft compelling narratives that captivate readers and bring stories to life. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I strive to create engaging and informative content that resonates with our audience. Whether I'm delving into the latest news trends or exploring unique angles on various topics, my goal is to deliver quality content that informs, entertains, and inspires. Join me on this journey as we uncover the news stories that matter most.

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