A great deal of the world's workforce works shift work. This means on some weeks they work during the day and on others they work nights. From semi-skilled labourers, to support staff like security and maintenance to professionals like doctors, nurses, fire fighters etc. For all these people normal sleep patterns is just a term.
If you do work nights or rotating shifts you are likely to have disorientation, which increases fatigue and puts at risk to end up in situations like drowsy driving. Here are some tips on how you can make sure you don't suffer shift work sleep disorder, which is basically a disturbance in sleep.
1. Get your usual amount of sleep. If you're an eight hours type of woman, make it a point that as soon as you get home you get yourself eight hours straight. If you live with room mates or family, request that they give you peace and quite during that time, shut sunlight out and enjoy your zzzs.
2. Use a blanket to shut the sunlight out if you have to, an eye mask is also a commendable step.
3. Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks towards daybreak. This means coffee and energy drink as both can stay in the bloodstream for up to three hours.
4. Take a short but soothing bath to relax your muscles and relieve stress. Water is always a good way to get the body ready for sleep.
5.Clear your mind of all the things you could or should be doing. Forget the errands you could be running or the long queues at the bank you could be conquering. There's always the weekend. Your only mandate after a long night's work is to get the sleep you deserve.
6. Ask that friends and family respect your sleep time by not phoning or sending text messages.