It’s estimated that the average person spends up to a third of their lives asleep. But most shift workers aren’t getting anywhere near this amount, and it’s causing major issues in health and wellbeing. We look at one possible solution that’s been promoted to employers – napping at work! Bed is Best We all know that a good, long sleep is the best way to recover after a hard and exhausting shift. But the latest research has shown that good quality sleep is also essential for lots of important functions. From maintaining cognitive skills, communication, memory and creativity and flexibility, sleep [...]
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This week marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At a time when higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population, it’s important to shine a light on the important issue of shift work and eating issues. Shift Workers Struggle with Eating Disorders With currently 1 in 6 adults in the UK working shifts, there are a number of reasons why shift worker often struggle with eating habits. Shift work means working outside the usual 7 am to 6 pm time period, it might be straight nights, straight afternoons, or a rotation of different [...]
Can Pancakes Really be a Healthy Shift Work Superfood? It's nearly Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, the day when thousands of households around the world will be frying up and tossing delicious pancakes. In some places, trying to race while doing it as well! From the simplest lemon and sugar topping, to sophisticated Crepes Suzette pancakes are a favourite food and can be eaten at any time, from breakfast to tea. However, they can be also be high in calories, especially if you top them with a lot of butter, syrup or chocolaty spreads. So, we ask the question, can they [...]
This week, is the annual celebration of the life and work of the great Scottish Bard, Robert Burns. On January 25, Scots and people of Scottish descent and people who just enjoy a good party, will be raising a dram or three of whisky, making speeches and diving into the great Scottish contribution to international cuisine. No, not the deep fried Mars Bar, but the immortal Haggis! You might not realise that Haggis is a superfood, but we love it! So here is our homage to the “Great Chieftain o the puddin’ -race!” Best Haggis Cooking Method? During the [...]
Research published recently suggests that in the UK National Health Service (NHS) a quarter of nurses are obese, rising to almost half among those over 45. UK Survey Exposes Night Shift Health Effects A London South Bank University and Edinburgh Napier University report has exposed the huge problem of obesity in the NHS The universities’ team looked at data from more than 20,000 working-age adults in the Health Survey for England between 2008 and 2012. They found that a third of unregistered care home workers and nursing assistants were found to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) which classed them [...]
One seasonal Christmas vegetable divides us like no other. Love them or loath them, it’s hard to get away from the Brussels Sprouts. Whilst they aren’t everyone’s favourite Christmas treat, according to the experts, sprouts are the unsung superfood of the season. Full of goodness, sprouts have a range of health benefit properties from anticancer to weight loss. Here are 5 of those amazing properties that make Brussels sprouts an unsung Christmas superfood. 1. Anticancer Effect A number of studies have found a link between a high consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, and a reduced risk of several [...]
It’s Black Friday Week - Which means that more and more people are being employed in part time shift work as retailers gear up for the busiest time of the year. More Christmas Workers This year. More people working that ever over Christmas season. Back in September, UK Retailer Argos announced that it was employing more than 10,000 extra temporary workers to cope with the annual surge of Christmas business, and Argos is just a drop in the ocean compared to some online retailers, such as Amazon. It’s not only retailers who will be increasing Christmas shifts. In recent years there [...]
Shift workers are finding new ways to get better quality sleep. Indiana University study helps its staff to get the night's rest they need. Shift Workers Are Not Getting Enough Quality Sleep In 2015 Indiana University found that too many of its shift work employees were suffering from a lack of sleep. In a survey conducted by the university, nearly half of staff lacked the right amount of sleep to function well in their jobs and in the personal lives. The University responded by with a challenge to promote better sleep. The results were amazing, and the good news is that anyone [...]
We all have our favourite winter food we like to tuck into as the nights draw in, but could eating ‘superfood’ give you special powers to get through your shift and avoid the post sugary snack crash? What is a superfood? According to the Oxford Dictionary, a superfood is a “nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. And the superfood of the month is…. of course, pumpkin. Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to stockpile your squash at the same time as carving out a scary face. What is pumpkin supposed to do? Pumpkin is [...]
Does anyone like working night shifts? Everybody hates shift work … don’t they? Well, no. It appears that there are plenty of people who love shift work, because it gives them exactly what they need and fits in with their lifestyle. Not convinced? Here’s 7 reasons why night shift work might be perfect for you. 1. Quieter Atmosphere … for most Okay, we know it’s not the case for everyone’s nightshift, but on the whole, the night shift is usually quieter than the day or evening shift. As one nightshift nurse put it on, allnurses.com “Days and swing shift have administration, [...]