Keeping night shift workers healthy

Anti-fatigue mats can add comfort in long shifts.

Shift work remains common employment for many in the country. It means long hours on your feet and frequently running around. While anti-fatigue mats can help, because they provide a cushion that helps ease pressure on the joints, they’re not the only adjustment that should be made to make working a night shift more tolerable.

Safety and Health Magazine reports there are some concerns with the night shift and how it affects overall employee health. The news provider states that a recent study found employees who normally work the night shift are 29 percent more likely to struggle with weight issues such as obesity. Additionally, shift workers were found to be more fatigued, which could lead to even more problems, as 13 percent of total workplace injuries were related to being tired on the job.

It’s important for management to make special accomodations for night shift workers to ensure they stay healthy. According to the Small Business Chronicle, it’s critical to have enough staff on hand so everyone can take breaks and get some rest throughout their shifts. Keep the onboarding process in mind as well. The news provider reports that a new schedule to the night shift can take some adjustment, so have more staff on to cover the new people as they get acclimated to their new routine.

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Working the night shift? Try to make it comfortable

Help ease the pain on joints.
Help ease the pain on joints.

Standing for long hours at work can take a toll on the joints, and if workers aren’t careful, they’ll really start to notice the aches and pains in time. However, managers can help alleviate this stress by putting anti-fatigue mats on the floor to help reduce the pressure to the joints that can come from concrete floors. Those who monitor the night shift may want to pay extra close attention to this little extra, as it could go a long way in preventing employee pain.

According to Psych Central, those who suffer from a lack of sleep could have worse knee pain than if they were working normal hours. There have been numerous studies about the dangers of working the night shift, because the body isn’t used to keeping different hours for sleeping and eating than intended. The news provider points out the lack of sleep actually highlights the pain, so those who may be suffering from stiff joints could notice it more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that working the night shift can be associated with too little sleep and the health problems that come with it. The news provider reports that those who work overnight reported having short sleep duration.

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