While shift workers are needed to help our 24-7 world go 'round, an editorial written by Dr. In the editorial, Barbour cited a study that was published in the journal earlier this month that examined rotating night-shift work and risk of type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease in which blood-sugar levels are abnormally high in the body. The study found that more than 11 percent of a participating nurse cohort reported doing shift work for more than 10 years, and the research results suggested that an extended period of rotating night-shift work was associated with a modestly increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women. The study noted that late-night workers might be more likely to grab a fast, less-nutritious meal than those who work normal business hours. Experts suggested that shift workers take the extra time to plan out and bring healthy meals to work. While Ayoob acknowledged that workplaces should assist employees in staying healthy, he disagreed that government legislation should be involved in the workplace diet. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is one of the many aspects of proper sleep hygiene, which is especially important for night shift workers who are fighting their own natural rhythm for daytime zzz's.

She even argued that unhealthy eating habits on the job should be considered an occupational health hazard. It is "notoriously associated" with poor eating habits and, ironically, shift work is especially associated with the health care industry. Try soundproofing your room, investing in light-blocking shades and turning off your phone.Consider "strategic use of caffeine," as Waters puts it, meaning that while a cup of coffee on the way to work might provide some much needed pep, consuming caffeine toward the end of your shift might leave you sleepless once you get home. Light sends signals to our brains to be alert, which is partly why we're naturally more awake in the bright daytime and more sleepy in the dark nighttime. If possible, simply turn on the lights in your office, she says, or purchase a light box, which is a small, portable device that emits artificial light.While light is your friend at work, it's your enemy after your shift, as you try to wind down for sleep. Ideally, night shift workers can rack up all their sleep during one block of the day, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. A well-timed nap, say an hourlong doze right before work, can help them stay alert throughout their upcoming shift, Olson and Waters say.See a doctor if you're struggling.

If you're making errors at work, falling asleep on your commute, having trouble sleeping or feeling concerned about additional health ailments, such as high blood pressure or depression, check in with your health care provider.
You and your primary care provider or sleep specialist may discuss alternative methods for easing night shift work, such as prescription medicines or melatonin supplements. As if reversing your sleep and wake schedule wasn't tough enough, night shift work can often put a on strain relationships and families.
And it can be very easy for days and weeks go to by without talking to members of you family." Kaplan suggests families deliberately plan blocks of times to be in each other's company and talk.

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