Night or Swing Shift (3/12)

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Perhaps one has a night shift or swing shift. It is difficult to regulate sleep when not working with the body’s natural circadian rhythms, which means sleep at night and awaken in the morning, fresh and ready to take on the day. The sleep hormones may be out of whack as well when one works odd shifts. If having trouble waking up in the morning, I suggest sleeping a little earlier each day until one feels rested.

For example, if I get off of work at midnight, I’ll take a melatonin capsule about a hour before I want to be asleep. Then as soon as I get home, I brush my teeth, change into jammies and go to bed. The habit of staying up after we get home to unwind, eat, or watch media may be hurting our sleep patterns and hours of real rest. On days off try to go to bed earlier than on work days and sleep in when possible. Catching up for a little while will help as one gets more regulated sleep hours. Consistency is key so one wakes up feeling powered up for the day.

Contributors: KJ Landis from Superior Self series 

Written by Ben Skute

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