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Certain work shifts may harm your health later in life, study finds

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The cons of an erratic work schedule are well-known, including tiredness and less time with loved ones. New research explores how work patterns in young adulthood impact long-term health outcomes. The study defines standard, evening, and nighttime work schedules, as well as variable schedules. The findings reveal that volatile work patterns are associated with fewer hours of sleep, lower sleep quality, lower physical and mental functions, and a higher likelihood of reporting poor health and depressive symptoms later in life. The study also highlights race and gender disparities in the effects of work schedules on health. Health experts recommend strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of nonstandard work schedules, such as maintaining a routine and prioritizing sleep and health-promoting activities.