Shift work makes you sick, period.
We’re just not THAT resilient
You may think that having a bad night’s sleep, working until all hours of the night, or eating a big meal in the middle of the night won’t kill you. We’ll in some degree you are right. A one-off experience is not likely to do much damage. However, bad lifestyle habits directly affect your circadian code (body clock), and while they may not kill us in the strictest sense, they do make us vulnerable to factors that may kills us.
For instance, in a study simulating jet lag or shift work, when mice were put on shift-work-like schedules by simply changing the time lights turn on and off by a few hours, in just a few weeks the mice became so frail and their immune system so weak, that they succumbed to infection, and if left untreated half of them died.
Similar results have been found in human studies. In a large study of more than 8,000 workers from 40 different organisations, researchers found that shift workers were more likely to suffer from infectious diseases, ranging from the common cold to stomach infection, than non-shift workers. These observations show us that when our rhythm is off and we come in contact with everyday bugs or viruses that we are typically resistant to, they can cause serious illness.

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