Recently I was privileged to be invited to participate in a round-table discussion with a handful of experts in the field medicine and 4 other bloggers who blog about their life as shift-workers.  It was a great discussion and I continue to receive valuable information from them - information that I plan to pass on to my readers.  But before I do, I would like to invite my shift-work readers to participate in a survey that I have put together. 


You can send your answers to: jukic . zr @ gmail . com


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What kind of shift work did you work?  Rotating 2-shift, Rotating 3-shift, Graveyard, Swing

 

If you worked rotating shifts, how often did your shifts rotate?

 

How long were you a shift worker?

 

Did you experience one of the following: Insomnia / Hypersomnia (inability to get enough sleep)

 

Do you feel that shift work had a negative effect on:

 

1. Your life overall?

2. Your family life?

3. Your social life?

 

If yes, in what way? (please explain):

 

While being a shift-worker, did you have trouble staying alert, concentrating, remembering things and/or making decisions?

 

Did you ever experience longer reaction times?

 

Was your work productivity impacted as a direct result of shift-work?  In what way?  

 

Did you have trouble staying awake at work?

 

Did you ever catch yourself falling asleep at the wheel? Meetings? In social situations?  Other?

 

Please circle as many of the following items you experienced:

 

depression

increased Stress

headaches

muscle pain (due to tension)

chest pain

high blood pressure

fatigue

stomach problems

ulcers

sleep disorders

digestive problems

increased allergies

dermatological problems

weight issues (both loss or gain, depending)

diabetes

hair loss

emotional problems (irritability, depression, social withdrawal, anger, moodiness, inability to focus, anxiety, etc)

Cancer (what kind):

Gastrointestinal problems

Diabetes

Digestive problems (heartburn, indigestion)

Heart problems (heart attacks, hypertension)

High blood pressure

Ulcers

GERD

Peptic ulcers

Colds

Flu

Obesity

Irritability

Impatience

Mood disorders (depression, anxiety)

Fertility issues

Miscarriage

 

 

 

Did you ever find ways to combat any of the above issues faced?  (ie. exercise, Christian meditation, healthy eating, etc)

 

Do you have any advise for other shift-workers?  

 

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

 

 

 

 

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