MSNBC has an interesting blurb on graveyard shift workers.
ADDING IT UP.........
The reason: No matter how many espressos night workers might belt back, their bodies are telling them it's time to sleep just when their employers need them to be the most productive. Graveyard-shift workers make five times as many serious mistakes and are 20 percent more likely to suffer severe accidents, Circadian found. Those on the overnight shift also have a significantly higher incidence of costly diseases and disorders, costing employers billions. ......Social costs are also high. Night shifters don't go home, have dinner, watch TV, and then go to bed the way nine-to-fivers do. When the sun comes up, they still have to function in a world that's largely unaware they're running on fumes after working all night.
LIKE BEING DRUNK
This disruption in life's routines might be why divorce rates are as high as 60 percent among all-night workers, and why they have 150 percent more stress-related gastrointestinal disorders. Health-care coverage adds a further $28.8 billion to the corporate bill, according to Circadian. Then there's the high turnover rate for night-shift employees, as high as 300 percent annually in some industries. This tacks on an additional $39.1 million in costs.
Jul 16, '03
I like my night shift as I sit here eating two more tums...just kidding, I'm on vacation now, but when I go back, I'll be eating my tums...peppermint flavored! I function OK, my stomach doesn't.
Last edit by night owl on Jul 16, '03