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Study: Shift Workers Are More at Risk for IBS

Published on , Last Updated on June 5, 2013

Shift Worker with IBS

Earlier this year The American Journal of Gastroenterology released the findings of a study into the connection between shift work and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) [1]. The study was conducted jointly by the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research (also in Ann Arbor, Michigan).

The overall goal of their investigation was to determine the extent to which rotating shift work affects Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A strong connection between shift work and number of similar gastrointestinal symptoms including constipation, diarrhea, and generalized abdominal pain has long been established.

A population sample made up of 399 medical nurses was selected. Of that total number, 324 nurses normally worked consistent day or evening shifts, with the remaining 75 on rotating schedules.

The findings showed significantly higher occurrence of IBS in shift workers over their more predictably scheduled counterparts. The teams also found this to be the case regardless of factors such as age, gender or daily sleep quota.

They theorize that the frequent disruption of the body’s natural sleep clock may be the primary cause of the dramatic increase of IBS seen in shift workers. The human body is designed to pass waste within the first six hours after waking up from a full night’s sleep. It may simply be too difficult for the bowels to adjust the sudden changes their work schedules require of them.

What Can Shift Workers Do to Ease IBS?

Nobody should be forced to choose between their job and their well-being. Sadly, many shift workers suffering from IBS feel that they have no choice but to do just that. Fortunately, there is a better solution — Oxy-Powder.

Oxy-Powder is much more than just a colon cleanser. It has been clinically proven to help alleviate the symptoms of IBS. It’s safe and all-natural formula is a great way to reduce the abdominal discomfort associated with constipation and diarrhea. Thanks to its unique ability to clean away compacted waste from the intestines, Oxy-Powder is able to help your body better regulate its bowel movements.

If you’re a shift worker and you think that you may be suffering from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, I urge you to give Oxy-Powder a try.

For the best results when using Oxy-Powder to reduce the effects of IBS brought on by an irregular sleep cycle, I recommend taking it about an hour or so before you go to sleep.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM


  1. University of Michigan Health System. Shift workers at more risk for irritable bowel syndrome, study finds. Am J Gastroenterol advance online publication 18 Mar. 2010. Web. 4 Jun. 2013.

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