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