This week we’re heading all the way to Germany to chat with Michael Wieden, the founder of Aliamos, a company that works with organisations to improve the health and well-being of employees by taking into consideration the unique biological rhythms of individuals.
Things we discuss:
1. What is chronobiology, and why is it important for shift workers to understand its significance? 2. What are chronotypes and how do they influence our ability to work specific shifts? 3. How incorporating plant-based food options into workplace canteens is improving the health of employees. 4. Why the mindset of the employer is key in rolling out successful health and wellbeing programs.
When it comes to health complaints amongst shift workers, one of the most common things that I hear from my clients is digestive discomfort. This can come in the form of constipation, bloating or various other irritable bowel type symptoms.
Now to be honest, there could be a myriad of reasons as to why you may be experiencing digestive distress, but today I want to talk about one strategy that’s … well, often overlooked if you work 24/7 – yet it can make a MASSIVE difference to how your gut feels and functions.
And if comes down to asking yourself “when (and how often) am I eating?”
Because when we work 24/7, we tend to eat 24/7 which can set us up for a whole world of pain – in a number of ways!
In other words, although we may be awake at 2am (well I use the term “awake” loosely here!), it doesn’t mean we should be eating at 2am, because of our innate biological rhythms as a human being.
In today’s episode, we discuss this exact topic with Roger Sutherland who has been a police officer for over 35 years, and is part of an emergency services family with a son, daughter and partner who also work 24/7.
Some of the things that we discuss include:
Roger’s heart-warming story of how he wanted to become a police officer since he was 2-years old.
Some of the health struggles he faced later in his career including being crippled in pain from Sacroiliitis, and what he did to overcome it.
How years of poor dietary choices, sedentary behaviour and undervaluing his sleep would have been a contributing factor in the development of his poor health and chronic pain.
What made the most significant change in his health when he began to prioritise it?
What is LISS training, and how it has helped him to incorporate exercise and movement into his lifestyle, without adding additional stress to his body – especially when on the night shift.
How a shift in mindset played a pivotal role in helping him to transition from being an unhealthy shift worker, to one that is now healthy.