HSW 66 – Addressing Fatigue with John Toomey

In today’s show we’re talking all things fatigue because let’s face it, when we work 24/7, it forms a huge part of our way of life!

John Toomey is based in Melbourne, Australia and is affectionately known as ‘The Fatigue Professor’.  After completing a Physical Education degree in 1981, John worked for 7 AFL teams as a conditioning coach and/or nutritionist and has since written multiple books, e-books, published 100’s of articles, lectured in Universities and presented over 2000 seminars in workplaces across Australia and around the World.  To say he’s qualified to talk all things fatigue is a massive understatement!

In this episode John explains:

  • How drinking water helps to reduce fatigue, by increasing blood volume and enhancing circulation
  • The optimal amount of water intake required for every 25kgs of body weight
  • How dehydration can prevent your core body temperature from dropping by 1 degree, preventing the body from acquiring that deep, restorative REM sleep
  • Why resistance to being at work, creates even more fatigue than the work itself
  • Why placing “intentions” at the beginning of your shift, can help to improve your energy
  • How nourishing the microbiome in the gut, or gastrointestinal tract, with optimal nutrition also helps to increase energy levels

Links mentioned on the podcast:

The Wide Awake Program / App

Website – http://fatigueprofessor.com

To contact John – info@fatigueprofessor.com

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/johntoomey-thoughtleader/

HSW 65 – Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events with Candice Bauer

As someone who works irregular hours, have you ever had any “healthy shift worker training” throughout your shift working career?  Quite simply, has anyone ever entered your workplace (that actually worked shift work themselves and knows exactly what you’re going through) and provided you with some practical strategies to help you to manage your health whilst working 24/7?

I’m going to assume your answer is a “no”, which is why you’re definitely going to want to listen to this episode!

Having spent close to two decades working shift work myself, and not once receiving any help or support on how to stay healthy whilst working 24/7, I’m now taking my healthy-shift-worker message around Australia, in the form of Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events.

In today’s episode, we’re talking with Emergency Care Nurse Candice Bauer, who is also the founder of BareByBauer, an Australian based body and skin care company.  Candice is so passionate about her health and that of others, that she’s invited me up to her hometown of Bundaberg to talk all things to do with health and wellness.

The good news is that not only is this wellness event going to be a wealth of information for those working shift work, but it’s also designed to be an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with their health – whether that’s in the form of poor sleep, stress, weight fluctuations and much, much more!

So if you live in Bundaberg, then I look forward to seeing you there on Friday, the 28th of September 2018 :-).

Links mentioned on the podcast:

To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the Healthy “Shift” Worker event which is being held at the Bundaberg School of Arts Building, visit Eventbrite or the BareByBauer Facebook Page

To learn more about the BareByBauer range of products including the Saving Grace Repair Balm and Green Gypsy Facial Mask that Candice mentioned – visit https://www.barebybauer.com.au/

If you’re wanting me to come into your workplace (or visit your place of residence) and deliver Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events too, then get in touch with me at audra@healthyshiftworker.com

HSW 59: Better Sleep and Anxiety with Midwife Tomi Warren

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast:

This week we head all the way to California to chat with one of my Better Sleep Program clients – Tomi Warren, who has been working shift work for 11 years as a Midwife.

As a Midwife, Tomi often works with mum’s and babies in emergency situations so being able to make complex decisions quickly and decisively, all whilst working in a stressful environment is absolutely critical.

In this episode, Tomi shares her personal story of how ongoing sleep deprivation was having such a negative impact on her health and ability to make decisions, to a point where she even began to experience hallucinations.  This eventually manifested into a severe anxiety around being unable to get sufficient sleep – a Catch-22 which led to feelings of hopelessness and depression.

Tomi’s heart warming story of how she managed to turn her life around by reducing her anxiety and improving her sleep (and health), is absolutely inspiring.

Links mentioned in the podcast:
Audra’s Better Sleep Intensive Program – https://www.audrastarkey.com/case-study

HSW 58: Napping in the Workplace with Christopher Lindholst

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast:

This week we head all the way over to Denmark, to speak with Christopher Lindholst who is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Metro Naps – the developers behind EnergyPods, the world’s first chairs designed for napping in the work place.

Yes, you read that correctly – chairs designed specifically for napping in the workplace!

In this episode, Christopher shares all about the design and features of the Energy Pods and exactly how they work, along with why letting employees nap on the job is actually a great thing to do – not only for their health, but for their alertness and productivity too.

An episode that you will not want to miss!

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Metro Naps website – http://www.metronaps.com

Cardiovascular Disease and Shift Work:

Is There A Connection And If So, What Can You Do About It?

It’s certainly no secret that shift work is taxiing on our health in more ways than one.  In fact I’m sure you can appreciate first hand just how challenging it is to work irregular hours day after day after day … or should I say night?

But what about cardiovascular disease?

Does working shift work enhance our risks of developing cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension and coronary heart disease?

The simple answer is ‘yes’.

And whilst the mechanisms for doing so vary, the fundamental driver behind this, is unhealthy sleep patterns – which I’m sure every single shift worker on the planet can relate too.

But exactly how does lack of sleep raise our risks of developing cardiovascular disease?

Well it essentially comes down to an overactive sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight’ stress response arm of the nervous system which instigates a lot of physiological responses within the body including the release of stress chemicals that raise blood pressure and heart rate.  One of which includes cortisol.

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