Everyday, we need all the energy we need every time we go to work. Probably the best way to regain energy is to have enough sleep everyday. But then, what if you have 24/7 job? Just to make it clear, this means that the nature of your work requires you to be available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. For example, if you are working as a Technical Support Agent, you probably have work schedules starting at night until dawn or noon until evening. Then, the week after that, you’ll have a schedule that starts from morning until afternoon.
The main concern with shifting schedules is to adjust to the time you sleep. I’ve experienced shift changes first hand and it is really challenging. Your body clock could really get messed up. Today, you’ll be sleeping at night but the following week, you’ll be sleeping during the day. For this, it would depend on you. You can immediately adjust by sleeping during the ideal time of the day depending on your schedule. Let’s say you have a 10PM to 7AM schedule on a Friday then on Monday, you’ll have a 6AM to 3PM schedule. You’ll have to adjust since you’ll be starting earlier. Right after your shift on Friday, sleep as if you have a 6AM to 3PM schedule.
From here on, always try to find the ideal number of hours you need to sleep. This would differ for each of us and we have our own standards when it comes to quality sleep. For some people, 3 hours may be enough as long as it’s straight and the feeling is good when they wake up. Some aren’t satisfied sleeping even for 9 hours. So try to find out which is ideal for you.
Let’s take the previous example, if your ideal sleeping time is 5 hours, sleep at least 6 ½ hours before your shift. This would give you an hour and half to prepare and travel to work. But again, always adjust it depending on how long you prepare and how far you are from your office. You can also adjust your time if you want to sleep earlier. Some people would want to sleep first and wake up early so they could do more things before going to work. For example, with a 6AM to 3PM schedule, a person with a 5-hour quality sleep would go to bed at 6PM and wake up at 11PM. From then on, he/she will be awake ’til the next day.
One thing that I probably wouldn’t suggest (but it is fine if it really works for you) is to chop your sleeping hours. If you need to sleep for 6 hours, it may not be good to sleep twice a day (a few hours or minutes apart) for 3 hours each. Most of the time, it would be better to sleep for the whole 6 hours straight. You’ll usually know if you had quality sleep when you wake up fine without headaches, pains, and of course, if you feel good.
Nothing probably could be much worse than to be sleepy when you’re at work. The quality of your work and speed of your processing could be affected. Your mood will most likely appear gloomy to everyone and it could be hard to keep a straight face. You may even get stingy at times. Getting enough sleep is something that we should not take for granted. We owe it to ourselves to get enough rest so that we’ll be prepared for the next day. Oh, this reminds me, I need to sleep in 30 minutes.