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5 Tips for Staying Awake During the Night Shift

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Working the night shift can be very hard on the body. Humans are naturally programmed to be awake during daylight hours and sleep when it’s dark out, but your work schedule doesn’t currently allow that. It’s certainly possible to adjust to working nights, but you still need to be aware of side effects commonly realized by people following this type of schedule.

Holding these non-traditional hours can place extra physical, mental, and emotional stress on the body, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This can lead to greater amounts of fatigue and stress, along with hindering the ability to concentrate. Consequently, OSHA warns that workers suffering from these symptoms have an increased risk of operator error, injuries, and/or accidents.

5 Tips for Staying Awake During the Night Shift

Being at work during the night hours isn’t the standard, but plenty of people do it. You’ve committed to holding this shift, so use these tips from OSHA to stay awake and alert.

Get Enough Sleep

You’re working at night, but that doesn’t mean you can skimp on sleep. OSHA stresses the importance of getting seven to nine hours of sleep, without disruptions. Buy blackout curtains, play soothing music, and turn your phone on silent to create a relaxing environment where you can get your rest during the daytime hours.

Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule

The sleep pattern you hold plays a huge role in your overall well-being. Consequently, it’s important to go to bed around the same time each day. This well help your body adjust, so you’re tired and ready to fall asleep when you crawl into bed. OSHA also recommends timing your sleep schedule so you’re resting within eight hours of going to work.

Steer Clear of Caffeine Before Bedtime

When working nights, it’s easy for caffeine to become your best friend. To a degree, this might give you a much-needed energy boost, but there’s a time and place for it. Drinking caffeine before bedtime will likely keep you up, causing you to drink even more caffeine at work, which can lead to dangerous levels of fatigue.

Nap Wisely Before Your Shift

If you’re feeling tired before work, taking a nap can be a wise move. However, OSHA advises making sure you’re sleeping either less than 45 minutes or more than two hours, to give your body a complete sleep/wake cycle.

Working the night shift can be very hard on the body. Humans are naturally programmed to be awake during daylight hours and sleep when it’s dark out, but your work schedule doesn’t currently allow that. It’s certainly possible to adjust to working nights, but you still need to be aware of side effects commonly realized by people following this type of schedule.

Holding these non-traditional hours can place extra physical, mental, and emotional stress on the body, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This can lead to greater amounts of fatigue and stress, along with hindering the ability to concentrate. Consequently, OSHA warns that workers suffering from these symptoms have an increased risk of operator error, injuries, and/or accidents.

5 Tips for Staying Awake During the Night Shift

Being at work during the night hours isn’t the standard, but plenty of people do it. You’ve committed to holding this shift, so use these tips from OSHA to stay awake and alert.

Being in the know on the latest safety tips and information from OSHA can be a matter of life and death. The MAC Incorporated blog has you covered, so check back often to keep your knowledge up to date. We share your commitment to safety, so when you’re ready to hire, contact us to find top engineering, maintenance, and operations management talent you can rely on.

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