Sep 28, 2008

Shiftworkers: develop relaxation techniques to aid sleep

When you're a shiftworker, being able to wind down and take it easy is just as important as being able to wake up and get going. Give yourself time to relax and get rid of work-time stresses. This will make home life and sleep easier. Find out what is best for you personally to help you relax best. It could be just sitting down and closing your eyes for a while. Or it could be meditating, praying, reading, taking a bath, or watching TV.


There are lots of ways shfitworkers can learn to relax.  You can find books, CDs, video tapes, classes and more on relaxation.  The following simple exercise may help you start your quiet relaxation time. Try lying down on the carpet or bed, or sitting in an easy chair. One by one, slowly tense each muscle group in your body, then slowly let them relax. Do this for your arms, legs, stomach, neck, and face muscles. Breath deeply during this exercise and go slowly. Try to feel all the muscle tension draining away from your body. This is a simple way to let go of all the stresses of the day, or night, and to slow down.

Source: Plain Language About Shiftwork (NIOSH)

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