Diabetes and Your Night Shift Schedules
Nowadays, more and more people are experiencing to work on night shift schedules, also known as graveyard shift. Even before BPO companies like Coefficients Co. Ltd. have introduced the graveyard shift to employees, crews in 24/7 fast food chains and other professionals like firefighters, nurses, doctors, policemen, and security guards have been working in night shifts already.
Hence, companies and organizations offer generous compensations like healthcare insurance, night differentials, 24/7 cafeterias, ‘round the clock clinics and on-call doctors. On the other hand, graveyard shift workers like BPO employees also know too well that working on night shift schedules would also mean messing up their natural sleep cycle. In spite of their irregular working hours, they have to stay alert and efficient.
However, things can be more exhausting if you are suffering from diabetes. Let’s face it; diabetes is not something you should just ignore because your body can still work at night. The struggle for diabetic patients to work on the night shift is double because they can’t follow their doctors’ recommended diet and exercise constantly.
As a result, it leads to disturbed internal body clock which can also affect your metabolism, cardiovascular system, immune system, appetite and food intake, hormonal balance, and digestion.
So as more and more hours you spend on the graveyard shift, you need to be more careful about your health. You have to become more vigilant in taking your medication to control your diabetes and avoid facing more risks.
Dose of Healthy Tips
Eat 3 meals per day — You may be tempted to sleep all day to regain your strength, but your stomach will surely knock you out of the bed. Besides, it’s vital that you get your needed carbohydrates, protein, tons of fiber, and low saturated fats every day. If you don’t have the appetite, use replacements like Glucerna shake instead of skipping meals deliberately.
Exercise even if you’re at work — Take a little walk during your break time by alternating steady walks and fast walks. Vary the speed of your walk to ensure the efficiency of your simple exercise. If you still have the energy to jog at a different pace that would be better. 10 to 15 minutes of walk a day will do to complete 150 to 300 minutes of walk every week.
If you want to take exercise seriously, be sure to have enough energy by planning ahead for your meals. Most importantly, get at least 6–8 hours of sleep after your shift to manage your diabetes. You’ll just have to believe that you can do it so you can adjust easier.