Your night shifts could cause cancer, reveals nutritionist! Find out more

Staying up late at night every now and then can disrupt your circadian rhythm, and cause cancer. So, don’t take your lack of sleep lightly.
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Your sleep cycle can have a direct impact on your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 28 Feb 2022, 17:25 pm IST
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When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, there are various factors that MUST be considered. Yes, your diet, exercise routine, neural retraining, and of course, SLEEP. It may be the most underrated factor, but trust us, it is more essential than you know. Celeb nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal, in her latest Instagram video, has a shocking revelation: working night shifts can cause cancer, as per the World Health Organization. So, take your lack of sleep or irregular sleep seriously, please!

Sleep is critical for various reasons: it can help you lose weight, help your mental health, and can heal you from chronic diseases. Of course, not sleeping well can lead to missed workouts, and in turn, your fitness levels are impacted. No one needs gadgets to track their sleep, says Ganeriwal, because everyone knows how they feel when they wake up every morning.

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Why are night shifts and lack of sleep harmful?

To begin with, Ganeriwal says that there are two kinds of people – ones who have to do night shifts because of their profession, and another set of people who do it by choice, and call themselves ‘night people’. She recommends the latter to give up on this habit. To others, she says it’s better if they gradually make a career switch, if possible, because in the long-term, these night shifts can wreak havoc on their health.

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“Our body has a circadian rhythm, and ideally, we should be up in the afternoon and sleep at night. When you do night shifts for a long period of time, you are disrupting your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which can cause health issues,” she adds.

What are some healthy tips for good sleep?

According to Ganeriwal, there are certain things that can identify if you get good sleep or

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1. It is healthy if you get to sleep within a duration of 30 minutes or less, when you hit the bed.

2. In case you do NOT get up in the middle of the night, you are experiencing good sleep.

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Don’t underestimate the power of good sleep! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Although every person has different sleep needs, at least 7-9 hours of sleep at night is important.

4. If you get good sleep, it helps you recover from exercise, as well as heals from chronic issues.

5. It also helps those who are recovering from mental health illnesses.

In case you find yourself staying up and not getting enough sleep at night, try this pro trip. “If you think you want to sleep at 10 pm, between 8-9 pm, take a warm water bath, which will help to induce sleep. Our body sleeps well when the body’s core temperature falls. During a hot water bath, your body warms up first. There is an increase in blood flow to our hands and feet, since they are good radiators. They will cool down eventually, and you will feel sleepy,” she concludes.

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