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Surviving shift work

For most of us, our daily routine is simple: Wake up whenit's light outside and sleep when it's dark. However, for the many Canadianswho indulge in a lifestyle of shift work, either throughout the year or duringthose summer months, learning to adapt to a very different sleep schedule canbe a job in itself.

For most of us, our daily routine is simple: Wake up when
it's light outside and sleep when it's dark. However, for the many Canadians
who indulge in a lifestyle of shift work, either throughout the year or during
those summer months, learning to adapt to a very different sleep schedule can
be a job in itself. The Better Sleep Council Canada suggests the following to
help you make the most of your time both under the sheets and on the job:



>> Take a nap about two hours before your shift starts.



>> Prepare your sleep schedule in the days leading
into your shift change — stay up a bit later than usual to avoid shocking your
body into the late night that's ahead.



>> Try to keep yourself exposed to bright light to
help trick your body into believing it's daytime.



>> Avoid caffeine during the last half hour of your
shift and alcohol when your shift is done.



>> When you're heading home the morning after your
night shift, consider wearing dark glasses so the daylight does not reset your
biological clock.



>> Relax, unwind and follow a regular bedtime routine
before sleeping.



>> Make sure your environment is conducive to sleep;
avoid noises and interruptions; make sure the bedroom is cool, quiet and dark.



>> Lastly, stay fit and exercise regularly.



For more advice on how to get a good night's sleep,
visit bettersleep.ca.




 
 
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