Live healthy de­spite work­ing night shifts

Fit­ness trainer Ku­nal Sharma shares tips on main­tain­ing your health de­spite work­ing through the night.

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With in­creas­ing num­bers

of women in in­dus­tries such as call cen­tres, hos­pi­tals, hos­pi­tal­ity and avi­a­tion work­ing night shifts, many are fall­ing prey to de­pres­sion, fa­tigue and in­flam­ma­tion prob­lems. What is the con­nec­tion be­tween work­ing nights and these health con­di­tions? It is im­por­tant that we all ask why we are of­ten low, why we feel sorry for our­selves some­times, and why we face health is­sues in life. CON­SE­QUENCES & CON­CERNS Late night shift work­ers face a prob­lem with their cir­ca­dian rhythms which is the sun­set and moonrise cy­cle. All hu­man be­ings are con­nected to the uni­verse and not sur­pris­ingly, so are our in­ter­nal or­gans. Our gall­blad­der starts work­ing af­ter 10 pm and if we do not sleep nights, it can­not di­gest fats. This also takes a toll on the health of our skin, hair

With in­creas­ing num­bers of women in in­dus­tries such as call cen­tres, hos­pi­tals, hos­pi­tal­ity and avi­a­tion work­ing night shifts, many are fall­ing prey to de­pres­sion, fa­tigue and in­flam­ma­tion prob­lems.

and nails. Late night shift work­ers also do not get vi­ta­min D as they sleep in the day time. If you are de­fi­cient in vi­ta­min D3, then your im­mune sys­tem as well as your bones be­come weak with time. All fat sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins nour­ish our skin in the night time. Our brain is re­ju­ve­nated in the night time. Our mem­ory cy­cle is re­stored in the night, our spine hy­drates dur­ing the night sleep and is re­ju­ve­nated. Our mus­cles, lig­a­ments and ten­dons re­cu­per­ate and are re­ju­ve­nated in the night.

All in all, our whole body re­ju­ve­nates dur­ing the night in the deep sleep cy­cle. There are four deep and shal­low cy­cles. Each cy­cle is of 90 min­utes’ du­ra­tion. We heal in the deep part of our sleep where we do not re­mem­ber our dreams. Peo­ple who al­ways have shal­low sleep will face in­flam­ma­tion in dif­fer­ent parts of the body. These peo­ple can face thy­roid is­sues and au­toim­mune con­di­tion prob­lems too. When peo­ple fall sick as the weather changes, it means they have a weak im­mune sys­tem and they have an im­bal­ance of mi­cro­biota (good and bad stom­ach bac­te­ria) too. If we do not sleep well or we do not sleep in the night, we dis­rupt the bal­ance of good and bad bac­te­ria in our stom­ach. Due to this, we face prob­lems like in­di­ges­tion and bowel ac­tion.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO…

Vi­ta­min C should be con­sumed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Fat sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins like vi­ta­min A, D, E and K are also very im­por­tant. Try to catch up on your sleep as much as pos­si­ble. Hy­drate yourself from time to time. Do not con­sume cof­fee or tea late at night. These are stim­u­lants and add ex­tra pres­sure on adrenal glands, mak­ing you weak faster. Multi-min­eral sup­ple­ments should be con­sumed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Con­sume sea kelp on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for proper thy­roid func­tion. Cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles such as cau­li­flower, cab­bage, gar­den cress, bok choy, broc­coli, Brus­sels sprouts and sim­i­lar green leafy veg­eta­bles should be con­sumed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. These are anti-can­cer and an­tioe­stro­genic. They are es­pe­cially good for women with high oe­stro­gen which causes cramps and painful pe­ri­ods.

Ladies, now get your act to­gether and ace the grave­yard shift with aplomb!

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