If shift workers do have urological problems, Auckley added, “there’s a long list of causes for these problems that should be evaluated before one could attribute their symptoms to shift work.”
What can shift workers do to protect themselves?
According to Pastuszak, “these men can take the following steps to improve sleep quality: Go to bed at regular times; sleep in a dark room; avoid alcohol and caffeine prior to going to bed; and limit use of computers, tablets, phones, televisions and other bright artificial lighting for at least 30 minutes before going to bed.”
The studies were presented May 13 at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting, in Boston. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.