Why Shift Workers Struggle with Sleep and How Health Coaches can Help.

Shift work — be it the night shift, rotating shifts, or early morning starts — plays a crucial role in our 24/7 society. From hospitals to emergency services and a plethora of industries, they rely on these tireless individuals. But what happens when those keeping our world running are barely running themselves due to sleep deprivation?

Typical sleep advice often caters to those with a 9 to 5 routine. Recommendations like “avoid screens before bedtime” seem inadequate for a nurse wrapping up a night shift. It’s evident most sleep advice available today doesn’t account for the unpredictable world of shift work.

The challenge for shift workers isn’t just quantity but quality and timing of sleep. Our natural body clock, the circadian rhythm, prefers aligning with daylight. This rhythm is disrupted when work demands alertness under artificial light during the night and rest amidst the chaos of daylight.

To effectively help shift workers, health coaches must:

  1. Understand Nap Dynamics: How can power naps before or during shifts boost alertness?
  2. Emphasize Controlled Light Exposure: How can blue-light glasses or blackout curtains aid?
  3. Suggest Digestive Timing: How does meal timing impact sleep and energy levels?
  4. Craft Personalized Sleep Strategies: General advice won’t cut it. Dive into their specific routines.

If this brief insight into the world of shift workers and their sleep challenges piqued your interest, we invite you to delve deeper. Join our free webinar on “Sleep Strategies for Shift Workers: Beyond The Basics.” In this session, we’ll unpack more layers of the issue, backed by science and practical experience, equipping you with actionable insights.

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