Sleep is a necessity, it is a natural process. you cannot cheat nature, hence you can’t cheat sleep. So, it is very okay and normal if you battle sleep at midnight shifts.
How can you help yourself to be better? Here are five things to do to help you control and stop battling sleep at your midnight shifts.
- Take a Nap: The purpose of taking naps at work is that it helps boost your mental health and increase your alertness. To some folks, the issue with naps is that they are prone to easily fall into a deep sleep. What you are missing here is that a work nap should last between 10 to 15 minutes and should be done in a quiet place. For better condition, take a nap at home, minutes before resuming duty and it’s also always best that you take a nap during your work breaks. “Naps are powerful”
- Eat Well: Finding the right time and space to have good meals may be very difficult. But, eating well is essential to keep you awake during your night shift. Invest in good foods that are properly cooked and well preserved. You also need to filter the things you take in as well. For instance, Caffeine is a no-no for you. Invest in food such as dairy products, bread, crackers, poultry, etc. In place of junk, take fruits and nuts as snacks.
- Avoid exposure to bright lights: This might sound a bit complicated considering most premises that you will or are likely to be working with all have bright lights for the easy execution of your tasks. Bright lights have been found to mess with one’s sleep membrane. When at night shift, try as much as possible to control or limit your exposure to bright light.
- Have a planned and undistorted sleep routine: This is very crucial as it will help your brain get used to when to fall asleep and when not to fall asleep.
- Be on the move: one amazing thing about walking as an exercise is that it helps to keep your brain and mind awake. So, always take a stroll around the premises.
Getting to keep those eyes wide awake is a whole lot that requires consistency in routines and also self-control. It’s a matter of time, your brain will adapt.