Study: Shift Workers May Be Higher Risk For Asthma

JOURNAL STUDY INDICATES THAT PEOPLE ON THE NIGHT SHIFT MAY HAVE A GREATER RISK OF DEVELOPING ASTHMA

(CNN) – People who work the night shift appear to have a greater risk of developing asthma.

That finding comes from a new study in the journal Thorax published on Monday.

The researchers found people working night shifts were more at risk of moderate to severe asthma, compared to those who work during the day.

Beyond the wheezing and reduced lung function, permanent night shift workers were also more likely to have sleep problems and other chronic diseases.

The study looked at shift workers among 280,000 Britons who donated biological samples and filled out medical questionnaires.

The authors theorize that shift work might disrupt circadian rhythms which could, in turn, trigger the development of asthma.

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