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Shift Work, Hormones, and Hunger: A Vicious Cycle

Kristen Havens

If you’re among the 20% of Americans who work shifts other than the typical 9 to 5, you may be aware that your unconventional schedule comes with some challenges. Shift workers often have difficulty getting high quality sleep. Because of this, during your waking hours you may face challenges like excessive sleepiness, brain fog, concentration problems, and workplace mistakes or accidents.

But did you know that working night shifts, third shift (“graveyard shift”), early morning shifts, or rotating shifts can also affect your hormone and hunger levels, causing you to gain weight?

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