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4 Steps to Managing your Night Shifts

Working night shifts is a challenge for the body and mind and for this reason its vitally important that when working nights people are considering how to care for their personal health and wellbeing. There are four main pillars of individual health that influence each other, sleep, eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing.

Night shift work affects your circadian rhythm, a natural process that occurs in all our bodies. The rhythm involves peaks and drops in the biological processes that control body temperature, blood pressure, digestive function and hormone levels. These biological processes are functioning at their best during the day but once the evening approaches these they slow down reducing our strength, digestion and alertness. Shift work, especially night shift work over time causes the body to go into conflict with this natural rhythm and if not managed well can result in a variety of health concerns including obesity, type 2 diabetes, digestive issues and high cholesterol.

Below are some simple considerations based around the four pillars of health mentioned above. The aim of this advice is to support the body through shift work so that you can feel your best and keep yourself well despite the disruption to the natural cycle of the body.

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