Physical Fitness Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for physical fitness professionals, athletes, trainers, and those providing health-related needs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Basically there are times when I have work night and times when I have to work day. What is the healthiest way to handle this situation without giving up my job?

share|improve this question
You've tagged this 'eating-habits' does that mean you're having trouble sticking to a regular diet while changing shifts? Because your question lacks any information about what you've tried or what's troubling you. – Ivo Flipse Jul 7 '11 at 9:39
Are you on a rotating schedule? For example, one week on days, the next on nights. Or is it random and you don't know when the shifts will occur? Do your difficulties involve eating, exercise, sleep, or general health? – Christopher Bibbs Jul 7 '11 at 12:07
shifting schedule every two weeks and I need to improve eating, exercise and sleeping – Mark Jul 7 '11 at 18:25
What is the recovery period (time off) between shift schedules? – Ryan Miller Jul 13 '11 at 20:23
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The problem is getting enough sleep. An adult should sleep about eight hours a night. Working both day and night shifts will never be healthy. I'm guessing you are asking how to handle the change between night and day shifts. With no more information about your working hours it is a bit hard to give you an answer, other than try sleeping enough to get an average of eight hours sleep each day. It is not ideal to split it up, but if you have to, you just have to get the best out of it.

I also read some research about powernaps a month ago. It said 4-15 min powernap at the middle of the day will give you the energy equivalent to one hour sleep during the night.

share|improve this answer

I worked a rotating shift once which consisted of Days(6-2) Swings(2-10) and Mids(10-6). The important part is to always listen to your body, and work out if you are feeling good, since these shifts can be hard on your body. On day shift, I would work out in the afternoon, since getting up super early can be hard. On swings, I would work out shortly before work, usually around 1. Mids was the hard part, but I would try to work out shortly after I got up, usually around 2. This means I always worked out between noon and 3 every day! The body is good at rythms, so if you cant give it a good sleep rythm, at least give it a good workout rythm. Hope that helps!

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.