Companies nowadays have employees working round the clock. Day shift as well as night shift. The people working in the night shift have been known to suffer eventually from excessive sleep disorder. This usually happens due to irregular sleeping patterns, stress and anxiety.
Smart drugs have been developed that promote wakefulness. These drugs make a person alert and make him/focused on the work. These smart drugs improve the cognitive functioning of the brain along with improving the executive functions like memory, creativity and motivation. However, like all other things in the world, smart drugs too have certain side effects. Most of them are short term and can be easily taken care of. Irrespective of anything else, proper care should be taken while consuming the pills; lest they do more harm than good.
Let us see the effects of the smart drug Modafinil on the night shift workers and how helpful can this smart be.
Night shift problems
Shift work has been linked to certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Long-term night shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Insufficient sleep has been shown to change metabolism and appetite, and studies have shown that shift workers have higher levels of triglycerides than day workers. Added to these biological factors, shift workers sometimes have irregular eating habits and poor diet—both of which could increase their risk of metabolic problems as well.
One of the problems could be that when a person works at night, the light exposure suppresses melatonin (which is normally secreted at night). People who work night shifts or rotating shifts also often don’t sleep enough; long-term sleep deprivation is known to be bad for health. Shift work also disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms and causes them to become out of sync with the external environment and/or behavioral cycles.
Shift work disorder can increase the risk of mental health problems like depression. This may be because of the disruption of the circadian system (which regulates the release of different chemicals in the body). Shift work can also cause certain social issues that decrease wellbeing and happiness. If you work irregular hours, you might eventually feel “out of step” with the people in your family or social network.
Night shift work and Modafinil
Modafinil, as we know is a smart drug that can promote wakefulness. The pill influences the Dopamine levels in the body. When you take Modafinil, it appears that it blocks the dopamine ‘transporters’ in the brain. These are molecules that act in order to remove dopamine from the synapses. Thus you increase the amount of dopamine available for action. Dopamine also likely increases as a result of increased wakefulness and activity in the brain; just as caffeine triggers a secondary increase in dopamine. The consumption of Modafinil thus can help night shift workers maintain an active and fruitful shift while staying awake.
Night shift workers have to face a great deal of pressure and are often affected by the irregular sleep cycles and changed eating habits. Proper care should be taken to adjust oneself into the night shift pattern. Failing that he person might suffer from many problems both physically and mentally.
Modafinil is a smart drug that promotes wakefulness and brings a sense of euphoria by inhibiting the reuptake of Dopamine. This makes more dopamine available for the individual and keeps him awake even during night and helps him/her focus and perform to excel.
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