Scary truths about the graveyard shift Circadian Technologies (a ‘consultancy’) has found some things about night shifts:
Graveyard-shift workers make five times as many serious mistakes and are 20 percent more likely to suffer severe accidents.
Those on the overnight shift also have a significantly higher incidence of costly diseases and disorders, costing employers billions.
…divorce rates are as high as 60 percent among all-night workers, and why they have 150 percent more stress-related gastrointestinal disorders.
The medically related:
On July 1, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the national body that oversees medical residents, mandated paring back residents? brutal 100-hour workweeks to 80 hours, and reducing their 30-plus hour patient-care shifts to a maximum of 24.
I’ve been told, and have no reason to doubt, that a disproportionate number of medical mistakes happen at about 0400.
I’ll keep all this in mind while I’m working the night shift this month.