Ulcers, hyperglycemia, diabetes, hypertension, gastric intestinal problems are not always caused by diet – they could be linked to a disrupted internal clock.
Working a job that requires shift-work or experiencing chronic jet lag disrupts your circadian rhythm. It results in countless consequences to your body that simply can’t be fixed by counting sheep.
“Stimulants such as caffeine can disrupt a patient’s circadian rhythm but also irregular sleep habits, jet lag, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in teenagers, Shift Work Sleep Disorder and Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in older people,” says Dr. Baqhar Mohideen, the medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Porter Regional Hospital.
“A quarter of American workers are on shift-work – 10 percent of which experience Shift Work Sleep Disorders.”
Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder is when patients fall asleep late and have difficulty waking up in the morning.