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Work Schedule and Mood

Work Schedule and Mood

Work in the United States has become a 24-hour phenomenon. Many workers, such as healthcare providers, must be available at all hours, and increasingly, companies are adding shifts to accommodate customers and vendors in different time zones. Non-standard work schedules, which includes evenings, nights, weekends, and shift work are common....

Work in the United States has become a 24-hour phenomenon. Many workers, such as healthcare providers, must be available at all hours, and increasingly, companies are adding shifts to accommodate customers and vendors in different time zones.

Non-standard work schedules, which includes evenings, nights, weekends, and shift work are common. About 14 to 20 percent of Americans work non-traditional hours. However, these schedules often disrupt employees' sleep and may put workers at risk for mood disorders. Working irregular hours may also lead to shift-work disorder, a condition characterized by insomnia, excessive sleepiness during work, difficulties concentrating, headaches, and lack of energy.

Work Schedule and Biology
We have multiple internal rhythms, or biological clocks, that control critical body functions. Circadian rhythms, for example, regulate body temperature, the sleep-wake cycle, alertness, and many other life-sustaining activities. Circadian rhythms rely heavily on changes in light, so they are sensitive to irregular work schedules.

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