Shift Work

Three out of 10 employed Canadians worked some type of shiftwork. Many shift workers reported problems that ranged from sleep disruption to difficulties with relationships. For most of them, working shift was not a choice, but a requirement of employment.

For both sexes, an evening shift in 1994-95 was associated with increases in psychological distress over the following two years, according to a new profile of shift workers published by Statistics Canada’s Health Reports.

Men who worked an evening, rotating or irregular shift in 1994-95 had increased odds of having been diagnosed with a chronic condition over a four-year period. For women, a non-standard schedule was not associated with a new diagnosis of chronic conditions during that period.

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