Night shift, sleep deprivation may be hazardous to health

03/25/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Research suggests disrupting the circadian rhythm by working the night shift or leading a sleep-deprived lifestyle can cause biological problems that extend beyond sleep issues. It may raise the likelihood of obesity, cancer, reproductive health problems, mental illness and GI disorders. Researchers say up to 15% of human genes work on a schedule, which may be affected by changes in sleep patterns.

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