A Healthcare Worker's Guide to Achieving Restful Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 29, 2024 3:45:00 PM

As a healthcare worker, getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge due to irregular schedules, long working hours, and high levels of stress. However, quality sleep is crucial for maintaining good physical and mental health, as well as ensuring optimal performance in your demanding profession. In this blog post, we will explore effective strategies and habits that can help healthcare workers prioritize and improve their sleep.

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How to Avoid Drowsy Driving

Posted by Darian Dozier on Oct 2, 2023 10:07:00 AM

Shift workers, or those who work long hours at increased risk for drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. However, it's more difficult to determine the exact prevalence due to the discretion of drowsy driving.

You may feel like you are stuck at a crossroad. You're tired, but you have to get home, right? Maybe you've worked over 24-hours if you work in a profession such as medicine. These crazy shifts may fall outside of your normal sleep hours, making it very hard to get enough rest before falling asleep. Continue reading to learn some tips for how to stay alert while driving home when you're tired.  

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Tips for Staying Awake During Night Shifts

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 24, 2023 1:34:00 PM

Even though it's important to get eight hours of sleep throughout the night, those working night shifts, unfortunately, do not have that possibility. In fact, working night shift often comes with increased wages and reduced administrative hassle. For some families, it actually allows them more flexibility with children and other family obligations. 

So, if you are someone who is required to work night shifts, sometimes, staying up can be hard. But, in order to not lose your job, or worse, have a severe accident, it's crucial to learn how to stay awake. Continue reading for tips for staying awake during night shifts.     

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Topics: Shift work

How to Get Good Sleep as a Pilot or Flight Attendant

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 2, 2023 12:39:00 PM

As a flight crew, meaning a pilot or flight attendant, good sleep can be hard to come by. Flying, whether private or commercial, can make getting a good night's rest seem nearly impossible. The times can be at odd hours, and long hours. The job itself is physically and mentally draining with all the flying, dealing with customers, and trying to make sure that everyone is safe. 

But, considering the alertness that is required for a job like flying, sleep is very important. A lack of sleep can lead to issues with focusing and concentration. But as a customer who is 30,000 miles in the air, the last thing you want to hear is that your pilot only slept a few hours. 

Therefore, it's important as a member of a flight crew, no matter your role, that you manage to get a good night's rest. Continue reading to find out how to get good sleep as a crew. 

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Topics: Shift work

How do Sleep Apps Track Day Sleepers' Sleep?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 12, 2022 4:13:00 PM

It's no secret that our entire world is becoming increasingly digital by the moment. Sleep apps are just the latest representation of this new way of life. But how exactly do sleep apps track sleep? 

Well, the sleeptech market is growing. Research and Markets estimates that the sleep-tech-device revenue will increase from $12.9 B - $49.9 B from 2020 to 2030. More and more people are paying attention to their health and turning to wearables, sleep tracker apps and other accessories that can be used to help everyone get a good night's sleep. 

Day sleepers, however, have a different set of needs and challenges. Nontraditional sleepers, like shift workers, create an additional challenge to the way companies collect data and offer sleep recommendations. Continue reading to see how some sleep apps are accounting for day sleeper's routines and what is to come. 

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Why Alaskans Should Know About Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 5, 2021 3:18:00 PM

Shift Work Sleeping Overview

Shift work sleeping disorder is a circadian rhythm disorder that causes sleep deprivation as a result of doing shift work. It's not uncommon for people to experience sleep problems when they work work irregular, long, or night shifts. When this happens, it is called shift work sleep disorder.

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Ways to Avoid Sleeping While Driving

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 14, 2021 3:07:00 PM

Stay Safe out there!

Many people have felt that scary feeling of drifting  off slightly to sleep while driving, only to perk up with a start. Or that scary feeling of hearing rumbling strips under your tires after you accidentally swerved off the road. Especially for shift workers, sleeping at the wheel is one of the main causes of death.

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Overview of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 4, 2021 2:29:00 PM

What is Shift Work Sleeping Disorder

Shift work sleeping disorder is a circadian rhythm disorder that causes sleep deprivation as a result of doing shift work. Not everyone who works outside of the typical M-F, 9-5 shift develops this disorder, but sleep problems among people who work irregular, long, or night shifts have a higher likelihood than those who don't. 

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Topics: Shift work

Getting Sleep as a Shift Worker

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 17, 2021 1:36:00 PM

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Topics: Shift work

Shift Work Sleep Disorder – What It Is and What to Do?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 13, 2021 1:34:00 PM

What is Shift Work

Someone who is a shift worker doesn't work the traditional 9a-5p, Monday through Friday. This means either working non-typical hours, working rotation work (changing shifts), or working many days on followed by many days off. Especially in Alaska, summer time means a large number of seasonal shift work jobs.

Shift workers include:

  • Pilots
  • Construction workers
  • Police workers
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Firefighters
  • Taxi/Lyft/Uber drivers
  • Customer service
  • Retail

Shift work can be beneficial for several reasons. You will likely get paid better for otherwise similar jobs. You may get the ability to have stretches of time with no work, shift workers are also at a variety of disadvantages when it comes to long term health and sleep outcomes.

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Topics: Shift work

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