GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share

Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2016:  If you think catching up on a good night's sleep has been a daunting task for you, think about the many who work the non-traditional night shifts. UAE is an attractive workplace and invites talent of over 200 different nationalities. While many of us are fortunate enough to run around a fixed work hour's day schedule, some industry laterals like Medicine, Hospitality, Security and Maintenance require people to work night shifts. 

The perils of night shifts are many. Whilst facing challenges working the non-traditional hours, people may find it difficult to keep up with friends and family. Fear of trouble in organizing your time and activities looms large and physical health may also suffer due to change in biological clock. Night shift workers are bound to find it difficult to get the sleep they need to stay well rested. Which means they are more likely to get sick. It also makes it perplexing to stay alert on the job. While this can hurt one's performance, it can also put you in danger. Being tired increases the chance of a work-related injury. Even driving home from work is a risk when you are sleepy.

Sleep specialists at The London Sleep Centre Dubai believe that lack of sleep can have a negative impact on various aspects of our lives. However, managing lack of sleep caused due to night shifts is possible. Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim (Medical Director, The London Sleep Centre Dubai) shares some worthy tips that work.

  • Eat & Drink: With that Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim says, “Our body and mind is not trained to eat and drink once it is supposed to sleep. However, when we work in the night, the opposite happens and we need to fuel our body with healthy food and water, to keep it going constantly.” He reiterated that, “More than eating, it's the drinking of water bit that one needs to take care of. It is hard to be high functioning when you are dehydrated.”
  • Plan your caffeine: Who isn't a coffee drinker? But just like we avoid drinking coffee closer to bed time, plan your coffee intake for your night shifts. Knowing too much of caffeine does more harm than benefit, sip into your favourite cuppa exactly half way thru your shift to remain alert until it ends. This way, it will not intrude into your sleep schedule too once you reach home.
  • Black out: Our body reacts to sunlight and all kinds of artificial lights. So if you want to catch up on right about snoozes once you are home, invest in good quality curtains that block the bright sunlight. Stop checking your phones and use of I-pads if you want a relaxing and complete sleep. 
  • Hush the noise: It is bound to be noisier during the day and nearby construction sites, alarms, phone rings and door bells could intrude your sleep. It is best to let everyone know that you would be resting after a hectic night's shift, to avoid surprise arrivals at home. Get yourself a pair of ear-plugs to save you from noises that are beyond your control.
  • Avoid Alcohol: It's a myth that alcohol helps you sleep. It may be a sleep inducer but does disrupt REM sleep which impacts how well-rested and functional you would be the next night shift.
  • Practice sleep hygiene: Just as we develop a sleep-wake routine for traditional work shifts, working in the night demands the same. Though our body clock demands to stay awake when it is sunny, you can train the body and mind to sleep during the day if you maintain the timeline and sleep hours strictly.
  • Go straight to bed: Another good way of practising sleep hygiene is to go straight to sleep once you are home. More the exposure to sunlight, more are the chances that you may feel tempted to ditch your sleep. It helps sleeping for couple of hours before you wake up for a healthy grub and then go back to sleep again after your daily dose of sunlight. 
  • Set boundaries: It is also a good idea to let friends and family know how important your sleep is to you because of a night shift. Request them to exclude you from avoidable outings such as shopping, movies etc. Also, invite no courier deliveries during your sleep time.
  • Pump it out: Exercise at least every other day but after your sleep. Daytime sleepers should avoid early morning exercise, which can promote wakefulness during the day. 

A little planning and discipline is all that's required for night-shifters to catch up on a good day's sleep!



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 12554 times
Posted on : Tuesday, December 6, 2016  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention receives ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Syst...
Next Story : It's the season to enjoy outdoor sports and stay hydrated
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
The Overnight Success Podcast Brought to You by Maria Hatzistefanis
Glisten & Glow this Festive Season with Skin Republic Masks
D1 Milano Launches Exlcusive Limited Edition Collection –The Khaleeji
The Incredible Power of the Mushroom!
Beware of Cheap Beauty Deals: They May End Up Being More Costly
GaGà Milano unveils six extra-special watches to celebrate Neymar's genius
Carl F. Bucherer Celebrates Its Anniversary With the Heritage Tourbillon Double ...
8 Jours Grande Taille - a new avatar on iconic timepiece
Get Ready for The Festive Season with The Body Shop's Enchanted by Nature Gift C...
Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80
Sukin's Top Holiday Picks for a Supple-Skin Winter Season
Switch your hair colour safely for the new season with Rahua's Color Full range
Omega Raises Its Warranty On All Watches to 5 Years
Everyday care for your baby's hair with Fifi & Friends!
Bringing you warmth and shine this festive season
Season's Greetings 2018
Twelve Holiday Gifts for the Beauty-Obsessed Woman
The Smile Bar Opens Its First Store in the UAE
Chloé Eyewear's Feminine Appeal Seen Through the Lens of the New “Rosie” Style
#MKGO Bold: Michael Kors Unveils Bold New Arrivals
Purely Pandora Classics With a Twist
Triumphant First Daman Dxb Swimfest at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Indulge Your Love for Animal Print with M&S
Alina Anwar Couture Launches in UAE
Must-have festive Christmas jumpers and tees for the whole family
Parah dedicates its Fall/Winter 2018/19 collection to femininity
Author Dubai Abulhoul Calls for the Preservation of Emirati Folktales
Starbucks announces the return of festive favourites
New 1948 Seamaster Watches Join the Ranks
Festive Gifting Guide
Add a festive sparkle to your eyes with Palladio Beauty
Le Clos Excited About the First Daman DXB Swimfest
The Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon presents a galaxy you can reach out and wear Ge...
National Geographic Launches Mars 2 into Orbit with Season 2 Premiering Nov 15 ...
Give an abandoned or neglected cat their forever home at Kittysnip's adoption da...
Land Rover Supports Red Cross Disaster Projects Worldwide
‘Celebrate 2019 Now' with special deals from Al-Futtaim Toyota
Sprint for a Great Cause at Al Maha
EDCC organizes largest UAE Pavilion at debut SNSR in Saudi Arabia
Etihad Airways Launches Model Diary of Xiaowen at China International Import Expo
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Organises ‘Herfaty' Programme in A...
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai opens with an ambitious set of exhibitions and program...
Dubai Customs helps brand owners to recycle 18 m counterfeit items
Unilever MENA calls for collective action as it's revealed that 54% of consumers...
Emirates Steel signs new long-term iron ore pellet supply deal with Vale
The Sharjah Stamp Exhibition celebrates the Year of Zayed
Presenting Katrina Kaif in her hottest desi avatar as Suraiyya in Thugs of Hindostan
Top five new things to do at Golden Mile Galleria this season
IKEA Promises 25 Years of Quality Guarantee
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible.