Monday, January 02, 2012

Night people, whooo are you?

Tia Allbright, associate editor of, has some tips on working nights—and staying in good health.

First, there are definitely night people in this world—my daughter is one. Her Dad was one.

But trying to reverse the clock can have consequences. A recent study showed people who worked 3 or more night shifts a month were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

You need to try to get steady rotations—not be all over the board. Changing every week is too often.

You need 8 hours of sleep in every 24—takes naps that add up to that, if you have to do it that way.

Avoid energy drinks. Too strong.

When you do sleep, darken the room. Use earplugs or a white noise machine.

Eat dinner before your shift and snack every two or three hours to avoid pigging out when you get off.

You can do it—in fact, it suits some people very nicely. Those would be the “owls” of this world. I know some.

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