Module 3. Risks Associated With Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Objectives

Research indicates shift work and long work hours are associated with a somewhat higher risk for illnesses, errors, injuries, and certain symptoms. This module will discuss this wide range of risks:

  1. Declines in functioning of the brain (thinking, remembering, etc.)

  2. Reduced job performance, accidents, and errors

  3. Negative impact on health behaviors (obesity, smoking, etc.)

  4. Increased short-term and long-term health risks

  5. Negative impacts to patients, families, employers, and the community

Many of these risks can be reduced by correcting disruptions to sleep and circadian rhythms.