5 Night Shift Tips for More Energy
Night Shift and Energy Levels
Have you worked nights and felt like your energy levels are rock bottom? Do you drag and look feverishly around for a pick me up? Well it may be time to take a look at a few things that could be playing a role.
Are you eating well? Are you getting good sleep? Are you exercising?
5 Tips for More Energy
- Eat well. That means eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Stay away from having one or two large meals a day. This will leave you bogged down and dragging. Plus eating less frequent puts your smart body in conservation mode which means storing energy as fat. Your metabolism will rev up by eating more frequent well balanced small meals throughout the day. Yes, I said it, you have to eat often to speed up your metabolism.
- Exercise in the morning. I did a previous blog addressing when the best time for you to work out is as a night shift worker. If morning is your time, this will serve you well for great post night shift sleep and increasing energy levels. Plus you can get it done and out of the way as your day progresses – whether sleep or errands are on tap.
- Get good sleep. Optimize sleeping conditions with blackout curtains, cooler temperatures, white noise (white noise machine or white noise app on itunes.com).
- Caffeinate judiciously. Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before having to go to sleep. Drink cold juice instead of coffee. Limit coffee to one cup early in your shift if you have to drink it. Coconut chai tea and other teas have less caffeine than coffee.
- Establish a routine and incorporate anchor sleep. Anchor sleep is the same 4 hours of sleep each day. This provides your body with regularity that allows for you to feel more energetic and rested.
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