When I signed up to work shift work all those years ago, nobody told me how hard it was going to be. Nobody warned me that walking around in a zombie-like state was actually going to be “the norm” for the next two decades of my life.
Not only did sleep-deprivation become a way of life – it was my life.
Along with sleep deprivation came a multitude of other issues – weight fluctuations, digestive complaints, stress, anxiety, loneliness, little energy to exercise. The list was endless.
Perhaps you can relate to some of these too?
Throughout my career, I also witnessed some pretty massive changes in the work place which I have to admit, at times, were pretty darn stressful.
Given all of these challenges, I always wondered if there really was a way to thrive working 24/7?
So many people before me had spent 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years working shift work leaving me intrigued. What had made them so resilient? Were they much more stronger than me – mentally and physically? Did it really come down to the survival of the fittest?
Well despite facing a bucket load of ups and downs throughout my career, I did eventually find a way to stay healthy (and keep my sanity as well). I’ve called them “My Top Five Tips to Surviving A 24/7 Roster” which I’ve outlined below: (more…)