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Sleep and Your Schedule

Are you typically working when most people are sleeping? From healthcare workers to air traffic controllers to food service workers, there are millions of Americans working the overnight or irregular work shift.

Dr. Kriva has known for a long time since he was an engineer this: people who work irregular work shifts (rotating shifts) have a significant increase in health problems. That’s because they don’t get enough sleep. Going through rotating shifts or working an off-shift where it’s not possible to get a good night’s sleep is detrimental to overall health.

Some of you have rotating shifts that you work. If that’s the case there’s not much you can do about it. Hopefully you’ll be able to use the other great additional tips in the series to help you get better rest.

Go to Bed at the Same Time Each Night

For those of us who have the option of maintaining a regular sleep schedule, it’s extremely beneficial to go to bed at the same time each night. When you do, your body starts to go into a circadian rhythm. Your body knows it’s time to go to bed. The result is you’ll find that you fall asleep faster and easier. As a bonus, you stay asleep longer if you can maintain a regular schedule.

Check out Dr. Kriva’s video for more information.

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