Staying Fit on Shift Work. Is it Possible?


25th March is National Work Outs Day ... Apparently! For shift worker, finding the time to work out, stay fit and healthy, whilst managing all the shifts and nightshifts, is quite a task! Are you working out today? Like lots of these day, National Work Out Day will have slipped most people by. Rarely do we bother much about the more obscure national or international days. But staying healthy and fit is important. Especially if you are employed in shift work of any kind. It’s well documented that shift workers tend to suffer more health issues than people who work regular [...]

Staying Fit on Shift Work. Is it Possible?2019-03-22T13:08:39+00:00

The Best Apps for Healthy Shift Workers


Shift work puts a huge strain on the mind and body. It’s well known that shift workers suffer higher rates if heart disease, diabetes and stress related illnesses than other types of workers. Although we can’t get rid of shift work – the global number of shift workers is increasing every year – there are ways to help manage the shift work life. New apps, gadgets and other tech that help us to stay healthy in mind and body are cropping up all the time, and plenty of them are very useful for shift workers. 4 Priorities for a Healthy Work/Life [...]

The Best Apps for Healthy Shift Workers2018-12-04T13:45:32+00:00

The Life of a Shift Worker – A My Shift Planner User Tells Us His Experience of Shift Work


One of our users explains, with painful honesty, the issues he faces working shifts. He was happy for us to publish this anonymously. He wants other shift workers to know that they are not alone. Please do comments and share your experiences, problems and coping mechanisms so you can help other shift workers too.  “Missing Out On Life!” “I've worked every sort of shift in my working life. Some have been 9-5, but most of the time I've worked evening shifts and night shifts. The result is that I've felt like I'm missing out on life. The majority of people go out [...]

The Life of a Shift Worker – A My Shift Planner User Tells Us His Experience of Shift Work2018-12-04T14:16:42+00:00

Superfood of the Month – Chocolate


As it’s Easter weekend, there could only be one superfood we championed this month – chocolate!   It’s Easter Egg Time Again It’s quite likely that by lunchtime on Sunday, quite a lot of us will be full of chocolate! Easter brings many gifts, but the giving of Easter Eggs is a particular blessing for those of us who are chocoholics. For many shift workers, chocolate is so much more than an annual act of Paschal gluttony.   Guilt-free chocolate – The Night Shift’s Holy Grail Chocolate is notorious for being the night shift workers friend! After all, who hasn’t craved that chocolate [...]

Superfood of the Month – Chocolate2018-03-28T14:41:55+00:00

Are You Putting It Off? Procrastination is a significant problem for many shift workers


Find yourself constantly procrastinating at work? According to the latest studies, it might not be all your fault! Putting it off? You’re not alone Who doesn’t occasionally procrastinate at work? Most of us have an inbuilt suspicion of those fellow workers who always finish every task on time and never seem to fall behind. We all know the type – never delays an unpleasant duty, works through everything annoying quickly and always hits every target they are given.   via GIPHY   For the rest of us mortals who wish we could be like that, the reality is far more frustrating [...]

Are You Putting It Off? Procrastination is a significant problem for many shift workers2018-03-22T12:34:21+00:00

Shift Workers and Sleep – Why We Just Can’t Get Enough!


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 [...]

Shift Workers and Sleep – Why We Just Can’t Get Enough!2018-03-14T16:51:37+00:00

Shift Workers and Eating Disorders


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 [...]

Shift Workers and Eating Disorders2018-02-26T10:00:06+00:00

Night Shift Workers More Likely to Become Obese – Nurses Especially At Risk 


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 [...]

Night Shift Workers More Likely to Become Obese – Nurses Especially At Risk 2017-12-11T15:58:55+00:00

More Christmas Shift Workers Than Ever This Year


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 [...]

More Christmas Shift Workers Than Ever This Year2017-11-23T14:10:07+00:00

Shift Workers Tips for Sleeping


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 [...]

Shift Workers Tips for Sleeping2018-11-30T15:46:44+00:00