Monday, March 17, 2014

Sleep And Work The Late Change

Sleep and Work the Late Shift

Many who work the late shift have difficulty sleeping in the daytime while the rest of the world is awake. Because working late shifts changes your normal sleep/wake cycle, here's adjust.


1. Try not to drink caffeine too close to the end of your work shift. It can keep you from falling asleep.

2. Avoid smoking near the end of your shift. Nicotine is a stimulant.

3. Prepare for bed as you normally would at night, and establish a routine.

4. Eat something light before going to bed. Otherwise, hunger pangs can awaken you.

5. Darken your bedroom. Too much light can interfere with the quality of sleep. Hang up "black out" curtains, drape dark sheets over the windows or use a sleep mask.

6. Minimize noise and possible distractions. Unplug the phone; close the bedroom door; use earplugs.

7. Get a full "day's" sleep. Sleep the same number of hours you would at night. Schedule appointments or other activities during your waking hours, not during the middle of your sleep time.

8. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day/night. It will help train your body to adjust to its new sleep routine.

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