Dan Hackam, associate professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada, said that this is defined as employment in any business that is not a regular daytime schedule, so approximately between the hours of nine to five.
"That could include evening shifts, night shifts, rotating shifts, split shifts, on call shifts, casual shifts, 24-hour shifts, irregular schedules and any other non-day schedules," he explained.
According to the specialist, studies carried out at his university found that shift work was associated with a relative risk increase of 23 per cent for myocardial infarction (heart attacks), and a five per cent increased risk of ischemic stroke, while coronary events increased with a risk ratio increase of 24 per cent.
This is a "pretty significant" impact at population level because shift work is such a prevalent employment pattern, Professor Hackam said.
"As we move more and more towards a 24/7 society, with services open throughout the night and other odd hours, particularly in urban and industrialised countries, we think this is going to be even more of a problem in the future," he concluded.
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