Coping with shift work and stress

If shift working is making you feel increasingly under pressure, our Wellbeing Zone has some useful tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle...

Tips for a happy healthy life…

Research has identified two key factors associated with most of the health issues Police Officers face: shift work and stress.

If working shifts is part of your role and you're feeling increasingly under pressure, there are some simple steps you can take to help you physically cope better and reduce your stress levels:

  • When working shifts, allow yourself enough time to get adequate sleep between shifts - most adults need 7-8 hours a day.
  • Stay away from heavy foods and alcoholic drinks before going to sleep.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake overall, and in particular avoid caffeine and other stimulants for several hours before you try to sleep.
  • Choose a quiet, dark, cool and comfortable place to sleep, especially if sleeping during non-standard hours.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Establish and maintain an exercise routine to reduce stress, improve personal health and help you sleep.
  • If you find that you're having difficulty dealing with the stresses of the job or not getting enough sleep, you may find that seeking professional medical help would be beneficial.

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For more hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, visit the Police Mutual Wellbeing Zone.

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