Shift work reduces memory in 6 and a half years



Based on a study involving 3232 participants, a team led by French researcher Jean-Claude Marquie, at the University Toulouse II, concluded that shift work significantly reduces memory.

The strongest connection between shift work and memory loss was found in workers who did this kind of work for over ten years. According to this research, published in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine website, memory loss in this target population is equivalent to 6 and a half years compared to the actual age of the participants. The study’s findings suggest that memory can only be fully recovered 5 years after leaving a shift work regime.

In previous studies, shift work had already been found to be associated with higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and sleep disorders.