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Shift Work

We all know that shift work can have a negative impact on some ones social life, but the working lifestyle could also have an impact on male sexual health. 

Shift work and its associated sleep disorders may actually significantly impact a man's sexual and urologic health, researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have found. 

According to MedPage Today, non-standard shift workers were more likely to have lower urinary tract symptoms including prostate issues.

'Non-standard shifts have been shown to be associated with increased risk of hypogonadal symptoms and sexual dysfunction,' said Will Kirby, MD.

The issues associated with the shift work also included lower levels of sperm density, motile sperm count, and testosterone levels, which could lead to a lower sex drive and lead to difficulties having children. 

The study included 2,487 men who completed questionnaires that assessed their work schedules.

Of the shift-working men, 37 per cent had these issues, along with excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty sleeping, the authors said in a presentation at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

'That was a surprising finding for us,' said Will Kirby, MD.

'We believed the total motile count would decrease with less sleep.'


Shift work is tough in anyone's language.

For anyone who works irregular hours, that feeling you're out of step with the rest of the world is all too palpable at times.

But, unfortunately, the downsides to shift work don't stop there.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Uppsala University, working shifts can result in cognitive impairment meaning that shift workers find it more difficult to retain information, concentrate and make decisions.

Commenting on the findings of their reseach, Dr Christian Benedict said: "Our results indicate that shift work is linked to poorer performance on a test that is frequently used to screen for cognitive impairment in humans."

But if you think opting out of shift work will immediately restore cognitive function to its former glory, this is, unfortunately, not the case.

"The poorer performance was only observed in current shift workers and those who worked shifts during the past five year.In contrast, no difference was observed between non-shift workers and those who had quit shift work more than five years ago."

"The latter could suggest that it may take at least five years for previous shift workers to recover brain functions that are relevant to the performance on this test," he added.

How uplifting…