Sleep Well

Work The Night Shift? Sleep Well With These Tips

Working the night shift is a reality for 15% of Australians, according to Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peta Doherty. However, our bodies have a natural “clock” synced to the sunrise and sunset. This disconnect between our internal rhythm and work schedule can wreak havoc on our health.

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just leave you drowsy on the job; it can significantly increase your risk of accidents, ulcers, heart disease, depression, and other serious health issues, warns health journalist Katherine Kam in WebMD.

The key to staying healthy on nightshift? Ensuring you get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep during the day. Here are some tips to help you achieve restful sleep, even at midday:

Brighten Up Your Work Environment

Light exposure naturally energises us. Turn on all available lights at your workplace. Consider investing in specially designed light boxes that mimic sunlight for an extra boost. If you have a say in the office décor, opt for white or light-coloured aluminium blinds from Home point. Keep them closed to block out the darkness outside, while the light colours reflect additional light within your workspace. Mirrors can also maximize light dispersion. Design professionals can offer further guidance on optimising nighttime illumination.

Strategic Caffeine Consumption

Coffee and tea are your allies – but use them strategically! Enjoy a beverage at the start of your shift to heighten focus. However, avoid overdoing it. As your shift winds down, switch to decaf beverages or water to prevent sleep disruption. Staying hydrated is crucial throughout your day; aim for two litres of water over a 24-hour period.

Embrace Darkness on Your Commute Home

The bright morning sun can trick your body into thinking it’s time to wake up. Help your body unwind by minimising light exposure on your way home. If possible, avoid stopping at brightly lit supermarkets, as this can unintentionally stimulate your body into wakefulness.

Consistency is Key: Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule

A consistent sleep schedule helps your body adjust to the night shift. Create a dedicated sleep routine: turn off phones and let loved ones know you need uninterrupted daytime rest. Go to bed at the same time each day, allowing your body to establish a regular sleep-wake cycle.

Invest in Blackout Bliss with Home point

Sunlight can disrupt sleep, even with your eyes closed. Blockout blinds from Home point act as a shield against intrusive light, transforming your bedroom into a moonlit haven. Choose calming colours for both your blinds and bedroom décor to create a sleep-inducing sanctuary. For an extra layer of darkness, consider installing a retractable awning outside your window. This awning will further block sunlight, creating an environment that signals nighttime to your body.

Don’t settle for poor sleep on night shifts! At Home point, we understand the challenges faced by Sunshine Coast nightshifters. Contact us today to discuss how our blackout blinds and awnings can help you achieve the restorative sleep you deserve.

Let Home point transform your Sunshine Coast haven into a sleep sanctuary, no matter the hour!