FusionSleep’s Dr. Durmer Discusses the Realities of Shift Work Disorder on Healthy Explosion BlogTalkRadio
Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD was recently the featured expert and co-host of Martina Desgouttes’ holistic health show Healthy Explosion on BlogTalkRadio. Dr. Durmer is Chief Medical Officer of FusionHealth®. During the show, Dr. Durmer and Ms. Desgouttes discussed the issues facing Americans who are shift workers. Shift Work Sleep Disorder is a condition that results from the body’s inability to match its circadian rhythm with that of the work environment. Your circadian rhythm is essentially your internal clock. This clock maintains your natural rhythm for sleeping and waking. When your rhythm is disrupted by shift work, your body struggles to alter its sleep system to match the new schedule. This mismatch results in sleepiness during wake periods and insomnia during sleep time that can negatively impact your cognitive functions and job performance. In this 5 minute segment, Dr. Durmer explains the realities of Shift Work Sleep Disorder.
Click below to listen to Dr. Durmer’s explanation of Shift Work Sleep Disorder and the history behind our bodies’ natural rhythms.
Key Points About Shift Work Disorders from Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD
Shift Work Sleep Disorder results from the body’s inability to match its circadian rhythm with that of the work environment.
Shift work makes individuals stay awake at night when they would normally be sleeping.
While Shift Work Sleep Disorder is fairly common, not all individuals who work shifts will experience it.
Night owls are those who function best in the evening hours. These individuals find it natural to stay up late and wake up later in the morning or even early afternoon.
Historically, night owl tendencies are associated with inventors and innovators, such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein.
Larks are those individuals who naturally rise early and go to bed early. Larks have historically been associated with those in society who set the rules and uphold social standards such as military leaders, politicians and judges.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder is most likely to occur when a lark works at night or when a night owl works an early day shift. It is also more common among people who shift their work times frequently and who do not maintain regular sleep-wake routines.
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