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Shift Work

Improve Your Sleep on a Shift-Based Schedule

Wacky work hours don’t need to lead to poor sleep. Whether you’re pulling an overnight shift as a doctor or nurse at a hospital emergency room or working early mornings to prepare foods at a bakery, irregular hours can leave you exhausted if you’re not getting the sleep that you need. Not only can your health suffer, but your quality of work may also go downhill whenever you feel drowsy on the job. Your body is naturally wired to wake up with the sun and go to sleep when it gets dark, so veering from your natural circadian rhythm or body clockcan confuse your body, making it difficult to fall asleep—even when you feel…