Monday, March 16, 2009

night shifts and cancer

One of the things I've posted about previously is the need for decent sleep in the dark e.g. here and here.

That ideas has now gone mainstream:

Night shifts spark cancer pay-out

The Danish government has begun paying compensation to women who have developed breast cancer after long spells working nights. It follows a ruling by a United Nations agency that night shifts probably increase the risk of developing cancer
...... there was evidence to support the hypothesis that alterations in sleep patterns could suppress the production of melatonin in the body.
"Melatonin has some beneficial effects in preventing some of the steps leading to cancer," he said. "The level of evidence is really no different than it might be for an industrial chemical."

I'm off to bed.....


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad I got off of shift work. 15+ years of rotating 12-hour shifts didn't do me any favors, I'm sure.