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Shift work health concerns

FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - Just about everything you do impacts your health - even things you wouldn't think about, like when you go to work.

Dr. Christopher Marshall is warning people who work odd shifts to keep an eye on their health.

Even if you work overnights or split shifts, try to keep life normal.  Make time to eat at least one meal a day with loved ones to maintain relationship health as well as mental health.

If you can, sleep in shifts.  Get half your sleep for the day when you first get off shift to recover, then get up and live your life, and get the other half of your sleep for that day before going back on shift to start your shift well rested.

If persistent stomach problems, headaches or depression occur, seek medical advice.  Regular exercise will help regulate sleep patterns, digestive function and mood.

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