Sleep Loss and Glucose Regulation.

This is why shift work and a diet high in refined and processed sugars is not a good mix.

Results published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism identified how just one night of sleep deprivation caused a 40% reduction in the body’s ability to handle glucose.

What does this mean?

Quite simply, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body struggles to keep your blood sugar in check

Given consistently elevated blood sugar can damage blood vessels and contribute to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes … shift workers need to know this stuff!!

Unfortunately it becomes a bit of a Catch-22.

When we’re sleep deprived, our body screams out for sugar, because the brain is seeking out a source of energy to help it to function and remain alert.

But too much sugar – AKA donuts, cakes, biscuits, energy drinks etc, (in lieu of sufficient amounts of protein, healthy fats and fibre), can lead to blood sugar dysregulation and inflammation.

So please be mindful of your sugar intake whilst working 24/7 – not just from a weight gain perspective, but to help reduce your risk factors for developing other chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

Audra x

HSW 92 – Live Event in Brisbane!

Are you a shift worker living in Brisbane or know someone who is?  If so, this podcast is for you!

In conjunction with the launch of my new book Too Tired To Cook’, I’m super excited to announce my first ever Healthy Shift Worker Live Event in Brisbane, which is open to the general public!

What does this mean?

It means that ANYONE who works shift work in Brisbane can attend.

So if you work in healthcare (nurse, doctor, veterinary medicine), transport & logistics (train driver, aviation worker, ship crew, truck driver), manufacturing, hospitality (hotel, casino or cafe worker), emergency services (police, fire, ambulance), security – or any other occupation that I’ve missed … and you’ve been struggling with this whole shift working lifestyle – then this event is for YOU.

Titled “Better Sleep & Nutrition for Shift Workers”, this event is a version of the Healthy Shift Worker Seminars that I’ve been delivering to shift working organisations all over Australia.

WHEN – Friday the 29th November 2019, from 7:30-9 pm.

WHERE – Toombul Shire Hall, Brisbane QLD

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have come up to me after a seminar and said “Audra, where were you when I needed you 20 years ago?!”

So if you (or members of your workplace) are wanting to gain invaluable tools and strategies to improve your sleep and nutrition whilst working 24/7, (amongst a whole host of other things like weight loss, stress relief etc) – then tune into this episode to learn more about the event.

To book your tickets CLICK HERE and I look forward to seeing you there!

Poor Sleep – Why Your Diet May Be To Blame.

As someone who works irregular hours, I’m pretty certain that you’d be well aware of how a shift working lifestyle can play havoc on our ability to sleep and sleep well.

Whether it’s due to a rotating roster, long stretches of early or night shifts, or as a result of nasty minimum turnarounds that don’t really allow sufficient opportunity to sleep.

Hmm. Don’t get me started on that one!!

But have you ever considered that your diet may be affecting your ability to sleep as well?

Because most people don’t.

In fact, it never crosses their minds.

We’re usually more worried about how our food choices are going to affect our waistlines (which is a good thing), but the association between how it can impact on our sleep is often overlooked.

So here’s the kicker.

What we eat (or don’t eat) can definitely play a role in how well we sleep (or don’t sleep).

A BIG role.

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HSW 89 – A Book For Shift Workers!

It’s finally here.

A book exclusively for shift workers!

After many years of writing on and off, my new book – ‘Too Tired To Cook:  The Shift Worker’s Guide To Working (and Surviving) In A 24/7 World’ has finally hit the stores of global online book retailers, along with being distributed within bookstores around Australia.

In this podcast episode, tune in to hear all about the book, why I wrote it and what it’s all about – along with some of the 5-star reviews and feedback from people who have already read it since it was first launched just a few short weeks ago.

One thing I do want to make mention is that this book is written very much from the heart, as my soul intention for writing it was to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of some of the most misunderstood people on the planet – those being shift workers.

To purchase your copy click on the ‘Shop’ tab above, or if you live in my home town of Brisbane, head on down to Riverbend Books in Bulimba as they are now stocking it in their store too!

HSW 87: Tapping for Food Cravings, Stress and Insomnia with Dr Peta Stapleton

Today we’re chatting with Dr Peta Stapleton who is a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University here in Australia.  She is a world-leading researcher in EFT – which is short for Emotional Freedom Technique (otherwise known as tapping) and led a world-first randomized clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of EFT on food cravings in overweight and obese adults.

In this entertaining podcast (Peta has a great sense of humour!) we talk all things:

  • What exactly is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping, and how does it work?
  • How EFT helps to reduce stress hormone levels and support our nervous system on a biochemical level
  • The incredible statistics showing how fast it works to help those suffering from conditions such as anxiety and PTSD
  • Results from her clinical trial showing how it helps to reduce food cravings – and yes, this does include a chocolate muffin!
  • How it can be used to improve anxiety-related sleep issues such as sleep onset and reduce intermittent awakenings