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Health Tip: Dealing With Shift Work Fatigue

(HealthDay News) -- Shift work often means staying awake during the late night and early morning, leading to big-time fatigue.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to beat fatigue and improve alertness during shift work:

  • Avoid working extended hours.

  • If your job and boss allow, take a short nap during your shift.

  • As much as possible, be in contact with other people.

  • Get a bit of exercise, such as going for a walk.

  • Drink a beverage with caffeine, but don't overdo it.

  • Get tedious tasks done early in your shift, when you feel more awake.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 5/15/2014
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