Late-night shifts take toll on workers’ health, survey suggests

Due to the state of the economy, job seekers may be taking advantage of positions today that they were less likely to accept in years past, such as those that call for working overnight. But a recent study suggests that these types of hours may be adversely affecting individuals' physical and emotional well-being.

According to Men's Health Network, approximately 80 percent of third-shift workers polled said they are negatively impacted by the hours in which they work, citing less productivity, negative emotions, decreased social interaction and less time with family.

"At least 15 million Americans perform some type of shift work, including nurses, firefighters, factory workers, emergency medical services staff and IT professionals," said Scott Williams, vice president of MHN. "Our survey underscores both the issues that impact people who work in these industries and their general dissatisfaction with their hours."

The survey also found that 55 percent of respondents believed they weren't effectively taking care of responsibilities and everyday tasks as a result of their hours.

One of these tasks late-night workers may be neglecting is keeping track of their financial records and credit history. If it's not checked regularly, unsubstantiated credit report items may wind up turning clean credit into bad credit overnight, forcing them to seek out credit score help.