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Unraveling the Long-Term Health Impacts of Unusual Work Schedules, Even if They’re Not Irregular Anymore

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Having irregular work hours may have long-term consequences for your health

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

In analyzing data from over 7,000 adults aged 30 and above in the U.S., researchers found that individuals with more volatile work schedules, such as those who worked 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 revealed 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 holds Board Certifications in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and practices at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is currently caring for patients with COVID-19 on the frontlines. Dr. Marshall is also a host and contributing editor for Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the publishing division of Harvard Medical School.

By Samantha Jones

As a content writer at newsnnk.com, I weave words into captivating stories that inform and engage our readers. With a passion for storytelling and an eye for detail, I strive to deliver high-quality and engaging content that resonates with our audience. From breaking news to thought-provoking features, I am dedicated to providing informative and compelling articles that keep our readers informed and entertained. Join me on this journey as we explore the world through the power of words.

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