The secret to a great night's sleep

Does working night shifts negatively impact your sleep?

According to a recent study, the number of people working night shifts has increased dramatically in the UK in the past five years, due to a rise in manufacturing, logistics and security jobs.

A staggering 3.2 million Brits change their shift patterns regularly are in turn, depriving themselves of a decent night's sleep. Unfortunately, this could have a major effect on your health long term.

Studies show that night shift work has been linked to increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart attacks. The change in your body clock can have an effect on your mood, brain function, hormones and can lead to obesity.

Shift workers can suffer from sleep loss due their body not having a consistent sleeping pattern, which can cause drowsiness whilst they are awake, making exercise more of a chore. They are also more likely to depend on junk food which will gradually take a toll on their body.

If you're a shift worker, watch our sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan share her tips to help prevent health risks of changing sleep patterns.

A healthy diet and keeping fit

Try to prevent getting yourself into routine of eating unhealthy fatty foods and spending the remainder or your free time lounging and being sedentary. Staying active will help you feel less sluggish at work and will help you gain more energy.

Well rested

You should be aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep, this will make you feel more energised and ready to take on your shift. People that don't get enough hours of sleep will struggle staying awake during their job causing them to being not as efficient as those who get a decent night's sleep.

Get yourself into a healthy routine

Sleep experts think that working consecutively on a night shift and getting your body into a routine of sleeping through the day and working at night is better than changing every week from going back and forth. Constantly changing your sleeping pattern to cater to your work needs is going to confuse your body so try to stay consistent.

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