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How can shift workers get enough sleep?

Try the following tips to help you sleep if you are a shift worker:
  • On your way home from work, wear wraparound dark glasses to keep sunlight from activating a wake cycle. (Make sure you can see clearly if you're driving.)
  • Go to sleep as soon as possible after work.
  • Use bedtime rituals like a hot bath to prepare for sleep.
  • Don't do anything energizing before your sleep time.
  • Put a "do not disturb" sign on your door, and turn off the telephone ringer.
  • Schedule home repairs for after your sleep time.
  • Make sure friends and family understand your schedule.
  • Wear dark shades and earplugs if necessary.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, which can disrupt your sleep.

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