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Night shifts, changing work schedule tied to poor mental health: Study

Researchers examined data from seven previously published studies of work schedules and mental health involving a total of 28,438 participants

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People who work night shifts or varied schedules that disrupt their sleep may be more likely to develop depression than individuals with 9-to-5 jobs, a research review suggests.

Researchers examined data from seven previously published studies of work schedules and mental health involving a total of 28,438 participants. Overall, shift workers were 28 per cent more likely to experience mental health problems than people with consistent weekday work schedules.

“We know that shift-work alters the circadian rhythm, that is our normal sleep-wake cycle which matches day-night cycle,” said Luciana Torquati, lead author of the study and a researcher at the

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First Published: Sep 29 2019 | 12:11 AM IST

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