Do you want more tips to get more energy during your shifts? We have some tips for your eating and drink habits!
- Choose foods that are easy to digest such as pasta, rice, bread, salad, fruit, vegetables, and milk products; Your stomach will take less energy and in this manner, you have more energy to do your job. So avoid sugary food, because they give you a short-term energy boost followed by a dip in energy levels.
- Drink regularly because you lose a lot of moisture every day through perspiration, breathing, urination, …
Specifically for nightshift
- Do you prefer drinks with caffeine (coffee, cola, energy drink, …)? Drink these within the first 2 hours of the night. That’s when you increase melatonin, which affects your fatigue. Therefore, the caffeine will give the cortisol a boost, which in turn affects your energy level. This causes your melatonin to decrease.
- Try to stick to a similar eating pattern to the one you would follow during the daytime. So have breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- You can suggest to your company to take vending machines selling healthy food or microwave cookers
Are you a coffee lover? We have one last tip for you! We recommend you to consume smaller amounts and be consistent in these amounts. It gives you a slow cortisol and adrenaline boost, which prevents a direct energy dip. You will experience enhance wakefulness, perform better on cognitive tests, and fewer accidental naps.