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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to ask if not sleeping at night affects UC? I work at night (12am -9am) but i have atleast 7 hours of sleep during the day.. Is this will worsen my UC? .. just asking... :)
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"

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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, it's really hard to say, it's likely very individual but I know one thing for sure, working night shifts is particularly hard on anyone let alone someone with a chronic illness so for that reason alone you may want to consider trying to find day shifts.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 3/20/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
The main problem with working the night shift is messing up your body's natural cycle. However, I know many normal peeps that do it well. I did for a summer in college and did okay with it, but that was pre-UC. I was just always tired and ready for a nap.

Making sure you get enough sleep - which for many with UC is upward of eight hours a night - and staying stress free are big helps.

Best of luck.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I did some overtime on the night shifts and never had a problem until about 5am. I would usually have a BM or two and then just feel super groggy. But again, thats normal for anyone on OT... If I was on OT I would work from 2pm until 6:30 am. Thats enough to make anyone crazy!!! But I was also a corrections officer so from 11-6 all the kids would be asleep and I could just read or watch TV. It wasn't heavy labor or anything.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks.. to your replies... I will have a day shift this April.. and probably look for another job that only have a morning shift... hope this will make things better... ;)
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"

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