How to manage working nights with light

by Laura Falls on 27 Nov 2014

Working non-traditional hours is more common than you might think. According to the New England Journal of Medicine up to 20% of workers work either rotating or night shifts.

Working nights is a challenge, but where would be without our police, nurses, fire-fighters, gas/petrol station attendants, cab drivers and everyone else who works night shift?

We all wouldn’t sleep at night!

There are numerous challenges to working nights, including staying alert on shift, fatigue in the workplace, driving home after a long night shift and trying to stay awake at social functions during the day (just to name a few). More seriously though, working nights or rotating shifts can have a long term effects on your sleep pattern and studies have shown that shift workers are more likely to face potential health problems, such as heart disease.

If your job requires you to work night shift or a rotating shift pattern, you need to pay close attention to your sleep. To manage your sleep and maintain a healthy sleep pattern, monitoring your light exposure is important.

Re-Timer can help shift workers in a few ways:

1. Adjusting to night shift – “delaying your body clock”

Wearing Re-Timer before you go to bed, a few nights before your first night shift, will help your body to “delay” or adjust to night shift.

2. Staying awake and alert on night shift – “suppressing melatonin”

Wearing Re-Timer helps you to feel more awake and alert. The light suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone produced by your body which causes you to feel sleepy.

3. Helping you to wake up earlier on your days off you can enjoy them

Re-Timer can also be worn to “advance” your body clock, or help you to wake up earlier on your days off.

If you are a shift worker and would like to know when you should wear Re-Timer, please email us an example of a few of your shifts and your usual sleep and wake times.

We will be happy to provide you a customized schedule for your shift pattern.