How to stay sane while working the night shift

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Social connections - Social connections with friends, family, and others during your days off can help in combating feelings of isolation.

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Schedule time for hobbies and activities that you enjoy to help manage stress and promote relaxation.

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Light therapy - Consider scheduling a consultation with a doctor regarding light therapy, which can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.

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Consistent sleep schedule - Try your best to stick to a sleep schedule. Do this even on days off, as it will help minimize disruption to your internal clock.

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Stay hydrated - Hydration is always important, but especially when your body is trying to stay alert and energized. 

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Schedule workouts - Regular exercise, even just brisk walking, can help improve sleep quality and overall well-being. Aim for at least 30 minutes of elevated heart rate.

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Vitamins - Taking vitamin supplements can help keep your immune system in top shape. They give your body extra nutrients that you might be missing.

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Communicate your needs - Telling loved ones about your sleep schedule will help them understand and better support you.

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Adjustable lighting - Consider adding in adjustable lighting options to your workspace to control light levels during night shifts.

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Pack healthy snacks - This will help you avoid unhealthy options during long shifts.

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Temperature control - Maintaining a comfortable, cool temperature in your workspace will help promote alertness.

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Avoid screens before bed - Blue light emitted from electronic devices can disrupt sleep patterns. Thus, avoiding screen time for at least an hour before bed is important.

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Regular doctor visits - Ensure you schedule checkups with your doctor to monitor your health and address any potential concerns.

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Focus on whole foods - Choose nutritious meals rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains for more sustainable energy.

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Manage stress - Develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress, such as exercise, talking to a therapist, or spending time in nature

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Enjoy a cold shower, bath, or swim when you wake - A change in temperature can alert your body that it’s time to get started again.

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