There’s a Price for Working Overnight

(Farmington) Burning the midnight oil for work or school may come at a cost.

A new study confirms altered sleep patterns can affect a person’s health. A University of Colorado study asked a group of men to live like they worked the night shift for just a few days.

Lead study author Christopher Depner says pulling an all-nighter even once can disrupt more than 100 critical proteins in the blood, including those that influence blood sugar, energy metabolism and immune function.




   

Depner notes the study is the first to examine how protein levels in human blood vary over a 24-hour period and how sleep and meal timing impacts them.




   

Other studies have confirmed that long-term night-shift work can contribute to certain cancers, heart disease and ulcers, among other health issues.


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