A recent study from Sweden uncovers new evidence that teens should not be working jobs with a ‘shift work’ schedule. Shift work is where the worker has a non-traditional schedule, such as 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The new research shows that the disruption in the circadian rhythm caused by shift work may actually lead to a multiple sclerosis diagnosis later in life. The reason that the researchers believe this is happening is because disruptions in circadian rhythm can cause a disturbance in the body’s melatonin levels, which causes inflammatory responses which promotes states of disease. Researchers studied people between the age of 16 and 70, some participants were diagnosed with MS and some were not. The researchers ended up finding a clear connection between working shift work before the age of 20 and the occurrence of multiple sclerosis.