Did you know that recent studies have revealed that shift workers are prone to being overweight? It’s information that probably wouldn’t surprise you as many shift workers are struggling with their weight in some way, shape or form.
But what you might not be aware of is the strong correlation between being overweight and having poor sleeping problems.
So if you are a shift worker AND you’re over weight, then you really need to do something about it because your sleep deprivation is going to lead you to even greater health problems later down the track.
So quite simply if you want to get more sleep, then you need to shed some of those excess kilograms!
And one of the best places to start is by increasing the amount of exercise that you’re doing. Now as a shift worker you’re probably cringing right now at just the thought of doing any exercise because quite frankly, you’re probably too tired to do anything remotely energetic!
Sounding familiar? Well as a fellow shift worker I certainly “hear you” but just stick with me here.
You see everybody, whether or not they want to lose weight – benefits from simple, regular exercise. Why? Because our bodies are designed to do a certain amount of physical effort every day.
If we go back in time 100 years ago, it was actually quite difficult to live without doing some sort of exercise such as walking, doing manual work, housework, lifting or just carrying things around. But unfortunately thanks to today’s modern, mechanized lifestyle it is quite possible to live without ever fully exerting yourself. And this is unhealthy for three simple reasons:
1. The body has muscles that are designed to work everyday, and if they don’t the muscles get weaker and our body begins to store energy as fat.
2. Exercise is one of the best ways to flush out the toxins that stress can create in the body.
3. It is scientifically proven that exercise improves sleep.
So just by gently increasing the amount of exercise that you do everyday can help you to reduce stress, lose weight and even more importantly – help you to get a better night’s sleep.
Now if you’re a shift worker that has got to be music to your ears!