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When you work nights or rotating shifts, taking good care of yourself can be a challenge.
It's common to feel "off," tired, or disconnected from the rest of the world. And that can make it hard to get in a good, healthy routine.
The following tips may help you make some changes. Your doctor may recommend things for you to try. You can choose the ones that you feel ready to try.
It can be tough to get good, restful sleep during the day. Our bodies often prefer to sleep at night. To help your body prepare for sleeping during the day, you can:
This includes the days you don't work.
It may be hard to keep up your regular exercise routine. But you can try to get some extra activity at work.
Try to eat meals, at regular times. Eating at set times is important for your body.
Be aware that not getting enough sleep can often make you feel hungry. If you feel hungry:
Take your medicines safely.
If your shift times tend to change a lot, you can:
It can be hard to miss important events or to have to sleep when everyone else is awake. To help stay connected to the people you love:
Current as of:
March 1, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: March 1, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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