Working the night or evening shift is tough: physically, mentally, and socially. Shift workers frequently suffer from several health problems including insomnia, obesity, indigestion, and a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.
But there is good news! You can minimize the stress on your body, family and social life using several coping strategies.
When there’s no healthy food available and you need a quick fix, it’s all too easy to reach for the vending machine during your shift — or to hit the 24-hour fast-food restaurant before or after work, because the effort and time involved with cooking just seems like too much. But those heavy, greasy meals and sugary snacks wreak havoc on your digestion, especially if they’re consumed at night, when your body thinks it should be asleep and your digestive system is more sluggish.
For that reason, it’s really best to try to stick to normal mealtimes as much as possible — such as having your main meal at lunchtime if your shift begins in the afternoon or at dinnertime (5-7 p.m.) if you work the night shift. A big, high-calorie “lunch” Continue reading