WellEM, March 13, 2022
Hello to all,
This week's column is dedicated to our nightshift. We should all have major gratitude for our staff that works at night! Staying up all night can cause fatigue and disrupt the body's natural processes. It's important to have healthy sleep habits. It is helpful to sleep after a shift, and if you are up and active for a period of time before your next shift, it is recommended that you take a 90 minute nap before going to work. This will increase your alertness. If you are able to stay on the same sleep schedule throughout the week, it will help align your body clock with your sleep patterns. Stomach problems are also common in night shift workers. Try to eat three regularly spaced meals over the course of the day. Do not eat your largest meal of the day within 3 hours of bedtime. Don't drink alcohol in that same time period either, as it can cause sleep disturbances. Stick with a high fiber eating plan with lots of fruits and vegetables. Proper nutrition is especially important for your body and mind to function at an optimal level. Thank you for all that you do!!
Stay safe! Have a great week!
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Purim to all who celebrate!
Dr. Heidi Levine
picture credit: https://www.nutritionloft.com/blog/4-tricks-to-eating-well-on-night-shift