Shiftwork is a way of life for many people who work in the construction industry. Working non-conventional hours can be hard on your body, and can lead to depression, sleep deprivation, and illness. Here are a few tips on how to survive:
Get Your Family On-Board
It is important that your family members (including young children) understand your unique sleep needs. Have them reduce light and noise during the day, and ensure that home appointments are scheduled outside of your scheduled sleep time.
Create a Sleeping Oasis
Make your bedroom ideal for sleep. Invest in black-out curtains and ear plugs to promote healthy, restful sleep.
Once you get up, spend a little time in the sunshine. Being out in the sun will encourage your body to be awake and alert.
Eat Before Working
Eating large meals during the night can make you feel sleepy. Eat your daily main meal prior to going into work to stay feeling awake.
Drinking water is an easy way to help you feel more alert.
Stay away from caffeinated products 3-4 hours before your scheduled sleep time.
A morning night-cap might seem like the best way to relax before going to sleep, but alcohol can disturb your sleep.