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4 Ways to Sleep Better During the Day

The sun may be shining bright but you’ll be out like a light if you follow these tips for sleep success. While many people are at their energy peak during the middle of the day, for people who work the night shift, it’s imperative that these sun-filled hours are spent sound asleep, recovering and rejuvenating body and mind for the work-night ahead. The trouble is that unless you’re a really good sleeper, you’ll likely find it more difficult to fall asleep during the day than it is at night. This is because the body’s internal clock is naturally wired so that you feel alert during daytime hours. Fortunately, there are a few steps you…

How to Get Through Your Workday on Limited Sleep

When you miss out on your seven to nine hours but you still have a full day ahead, these tips will keep you energized. There is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. You try but there are times when you weren’t able to get the recommended seven to nine hours. Whether you worked the late shift yesterday or you were up all night with a sick child, you missed out on that critical period of sleep and recovery. On days like this, there are ways to power through the next day on limited sleep. Learn how to overcome an occasional sleep deficit with these useful tips. Take a Cold Shower Start your day…

How to Sleep Well When You Work the Night Shift

Nontraditional job hours require special sleep considerations. Follow this smart strategy More than 22 million Americans work evening, rotating, or on-call shifts. Poor sleep can lead to fatigue, health issues, and an increased risk of work-related injuries. Focus on keeping to the same sleep schedule daily—even on days off—and taking naps prior to work. Most sleep advice caters to those who hold nine-to-five jobs, but what if you work the night shift, as 22 million Americans do? Surprisingly, many of the same tips and tricks for achieving a quality sleep session still apply—including the importance of setting up a sleep schedule. Why Is a Sleep Schedule Important? Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule will improve your…

Improve Your Sleep on a Shift-Based Schedule

Wacky work hours don’t need to lead to poor sleep. Whether you’re pulling an overnight shift as a doctor or nurse at a hospital emergency room or working early mornings to prepare foods at a bakery, irregular hours can leave you exhausted if you’re not getting the sleep that you need. Not only can your health suffer, but your quality of work may also go downhill whenever you feel drowsy on the job. Your body is naturally wired to wake up with the sun and go to sleep when it gets dark, so veering from your natural circadian rhythm or body clockcan confuse your body, making it difficult to fall asleep—even when you feel…