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How To Be Alive And Focus Working On Night Shift

Updated on August 16, 2013

Coffe Break With Teammates

Personal Experience

I have been working on night shift for more than two years now. It’s hard to adjust and it took time for me to realize things needed to do to stay alive and focus.

The adjustment is really hard so you should start it in right and healthy way until your mind and body became used to it. As an employee, your goal is to be productive and one way to perform well is to be alive and focus at work whatever time of the day it may be. These tips may help you but you can also set your own body clock to set a healthy working schedule and attitude on night shift.

What To Do When Working At Night

Here are the dos and don’ts that can help you stay alive and mind in focus working on night shift:

1. Have a cool and peaceful place to get home.

If your house is very far or noisy or hot, move to a place where you can reach home early and have a peaceful living after work.

2. Go home as early as you can.

Some tends to go out with their team and take breakfast together. This is not bad idea as it promotes camaraderie in the team but I recommend doing this weekend after shift so that you can stay together as long as you want and as long as you body can.

3. Don’t exceed your sleep to eight hours.

Sometimes you tend to get sleepier if you had very long sleep. Just set your alarm to six to eight hours of sleep and if you still have long time before work, spend it by watching T.V. or listening to music, stretching and eating. Use it in a lively way.

4. Wake up two hours before you travel to office.

Two hours is enough to stretch, prepare food, eat, take a bath and dress up. Move as fast as you can so that you can be lively. You can bring this liveliness in your work.

5. Eat.

Eat before you go to work and on your breaks. Have some healthy food intake on your break. It’s good to have coffee and biscuits on your first break and eat heavy on your lunch break. Then, on your last break, have sandwich or bread but don’t drink coffee because it may keep you awake even until you got home.

6. Sleep right after you got home.

You can clean your face, brush your teeth, change cloths then sleep. I recommended eating on your breaks in office so that you don’t need to eat in your house after work as it may bring distraction on your sleepiness. Don’t watch T.V. Slow music might help but never mind turning on. Be soundly asleep.

7. Don’t eat junk food or chocolates or candy everyday.

It may help you awake but it might just cause you overweight and bloated. You can have it sometimes and in moderation.

8. Take some time getting along with your officemates/teammates.

Have a lively and funny conversation with them whenever you get bored, stress or tired, but go back to work as soon as you are relieved.

9. Don’t smoke.

Don’t try smoking just to relieve from stress or stay alive because if you try and start from it, you will never stop which will just bring you to a health and attitude problem.

10. Set your mood.

When you’re in the office, always keep in your mind that it is morning and your working time, not night.


A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles


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      Johne995 3 years ago

      Appreciate it for helping out, great information. feckddddkada

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      Angie D 5 years ago from Cebu, PH

      Thanks for the tips but tip number 4 is going to be a bit hard! I wake up an hour before my shift since there's less traffic during the night. Waking up two hours before would be hell for me during the night. :-(