As night shift nurses we know that working nights can affect our health over time if we don't take care of ourselves. It's certainly not easy making a living while the rest of the world is sleeping. But it is what it is and we do what we have to do, right?
I stumbled across an article that I would love to get your feedback on. It states that female night shift nurses produce a lot less melatonin and more reproductive hormones than day shift nurses. It goes on to say that this in turn puts us more at risk for breast cancer.
Apparently it is the night time exposure to light that causes the reduced levels of melatonin. One of the solutions they offer is to wear blue blocking glasses to protect from the blue light that is emitted from light bulbs.
Can you just imagine the look on patient's faces if we walked into their rooms with our "blue blockers" on and said "Hi, I am so and so and I'll be your nurse tonight."
Our health is definitely serious business but the thought of the glasses made me giggle. Anyway you can check out the article here.
I would love to hear your thoughts below or over on my facebook page.
Make it a great one!
Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a skin care and wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. Nurses spend the majority of their time serving others but often put themselves on the "back burner". It is possible to be a night shift nurse and feel good and look great!