Since our bodies are naturally designed to be awake during the day and asleep at night, it may take time adjusting to the night shift. Periods of inactivity and a lack of sunlight to keep us alert can also make it harder to last throughout the night. However, it doesn’t always have to be a dreadful shift. We’ve gathered a list of tips to help you survive the night shift.
- Snack – Eating small portions throughout your shift will help to keep your energy up. Instead of eating a large meal that may make you feel tired and slowed down, healthy snacks are easier to digest.
- Nap – Taking a 30-minute nap before your shift will you feel energized. If at all possible, try to sneak in 10-20 minute naps throughout your shift; but be sure to not oversleep as it may make you groggy.
- Stay Mobile – When there’s minimal activity it seems easiest to sit and relax but this can cause you to become very sleepy. Make sure you’re always moving—whether that’s stretching or walking.
Working the night shift for the first time may indeed take some adjustments. However, once you obtain a routine and realize what works best for you, it’ll be just as easy as working the day shift.