The healthcare industry is notorious for subjecting workers to long and arduous hours. While hospitals never sleep, the workers employed by hospitals are usually sleep deprived. It seems counterintuitive for an organization dedicated to health and well-being would have so much disregard for the health of its staff. You are likely aware of the impact low energy levels can have on your productivity and job performance at work which is why overwork in the healthcare industry is dangerous. Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, sleep technologists and everyone else responsible for the safety of millions must be performing at their peak on every occasion.
Peak performance is something Brad Stulberg studies and has written extensively about. Brad co-authored a book on the subject titled Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success. Brad discusses the importance of chronotype hacking in a post on Outside Online. Brad argues that you must determine when you do your best work and take advantage of that in your work schedule.
Chronotypes are explained by your natural circadian rhythm and can determine when you have the inclination to perform at your best. Once you know your chronotype and can take advantage of your propensities for peak performance you can take other measures to boost your energy. Before your shift, taking a cold shower can be a great way to increase your alertness. Staying hydrated, eating a low-carb diet, and performing breathing exercises can be another great way to keep your energy levels high.
If you work the night shift, access to natural sunlight might not be feasible to boost energy. If that is the case, you may want to consider taking Vitamin D supplements and utilize other methods of increasing energy. Perhaps a shot of wheatgrass is a more sustainable option for you since wheatgrass contains 70% chlorophyll which acts as an instant energizer without a crash usually associated with caffeine.
If you are tired from long hours or night shifts, try these energy-boosting tips from our friends at GetVoIP: