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Is working the nightshift impacting your health?

40 percent of Canadians have sleep disorders and working irregular shifts is a factor.

The Healthy Bedroom mattress store in Edmonton understands how hard Albertan's work and quite often many burn the midnight oil every day to support their families. Did you know that working at night disrupts sleeping patterns which are detrimental to one's mental and physical health? According to sleep research conducted by the NCBI, 40 percent of Canadians have sleep disorders and working irregular shifts is a factor.

When a person works at night under bright fluorescent lights and eats a heavy meal to curb their hunger, it can be harmful to their overall health.

Adults need at least seven hours of sleep every day. A lack of sleep results in the disruption of the circadian rhythm in the body. It is also known as the "body clock" which regulates a 24-hour biological process of sleep. The body clock includes the part of our brain and internal cells that control sleep patterns in a 24- hour period.

Furthermore, it impacts our metabolic and cardiovascular system. When people work late shifts, their natural sleep and wake cycle is offset which makes them more susceptible to having physical and mental disorders.

When a person sleeps during the day, they have less exposure to sunlight which provides vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can result in fatigue, bone, and cardiovascular diseases.

A person that works late shifts typically eats unhealthy food like vending machine snacks or fast food because they have no time to prepare nutritious meals. Furthermore, the disruption of one's biological clock adversely affects the metabolism and causes obesity.

The consumption of alcohol, drugs and sleeping pills induces a person's sleeping patterns during the day. Most late shift workers consume a high amount of caffeine and other stimulants to help keep them awake at night. As a result, it can lead to adverse long-term health effects.

Working night shifts can create high LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body which leads to a higher risk of heart disease.

Chronic insomnia and irregular sleep patterns can increase the risk of depression and mood disorders.

The Healthy Bedroom mattress store in Edmonton provides comfortable mattresses that promote a peaceful sleep. A list of helpful tips to improve sleeping disorders are below:

• Wear blue light blocking glasses at work to block short-wavelength radiation

• Purchase a mattress with natural materials that create a sleeping climate at the right temperature for a good night's rest

• Avoid eating sugar and high carbohydrate foods because it will increase your energy levels at night

• Eat vitamin D supplements, exercise and meditate

The Healthy Bedroom mattress store in Edmonton believes that high-quality products promote a healthier lifestyle. The company's mattress brands include Hastens, Hypnos, Sprout, and Zen Green. These organic mattresses are handmade with antibacterial properties that improve sleeping patterns.

The next time you shop for a new mattress remember, what we sleep on and how we sleep has an overall impact on our mind, health, finances and personal relationships.

Call us today to see our showroom at 780-443-8039 or email [email protected] We look forward to seeing you soon!