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Working Night Shift: A Guide to Survival

Updated on April 30, 2011

Staying up all night trying to make a living is unnatural. It's hard on the body. Man wasn't meant to stay up all night. But sometimes you can't avoid it. Jobs are hard to come by and sometimes you have to do what you can to get by. Even if it means taking a night job.

Some people can adapt better than others. If you are a natural "night-owl" it is probably easier for you to get used to the rigors of working nights. But if you are a "morning" person, used to getting up early and starting your day, you might have a rougher time at it.

Getting the Sleep You Need

The most important thing you can do when working night shift is getting enough sleep. And that can be a challenge. But there is a couple of things that can aid you.

Get your room completely dark. Dark curtains can help. But what works even better is aluminum foil on your windows.

When you are sleeping, try to keep distractions to a minimum. Turning off your phone can help a great deal. There is nothing worse than getting woken up by a salesman wanting to sell you life insurance.

Be Consistent

Consistency is important in everything you do. From sleeping to eating to running your errands. Make sure you do these at the same times of the day and week and your life will be so much easier.

Time with Family

Working a night job can take it's toll on family life. Try to take one of your days off to spend with your loved ones. It's good for you and it raises the family morale.

Get Some Sun

Lack of sun can lead to Vitamin D deficiency. This can lead to depression. A person on night shift normally doesn't get enough Vitamin D. To help fix this, try to get some sun on your time off, especially on off days. To help with the Vitamin D deficiency take a Vitamin D supplement. Going to a doctor can also help guide you.


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