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‘I work late hours and it is affecting my sleep!’

‘I work late hours and it is affecting my sleep!’

Jamal just started working a new job recently where he works really late hours. Now he’s having trouble getting sleep (getting only about 4 hours of sleep a night) and is wondering if there are any changes he can make to his diet that might improve sleeping opportunities.

My Advice:


Jamal, first of all, I’m not sure what kind of a job is requiring you to show up at 4 in the morning! But, as far as your question goes, this can be very difficult. But getting sleep is immensely important to a quality existence.

You should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. About 95 percent of people in this country need this much sleep, and only 5 percent can get by with less than six hours of sleep a night. When you don’t get enough sleep that puts your body into massive stress.

Your body ends up producing too much cortisone, adrenaline, and your adrenal hormones shoot up too. You tend to gain weight, and have a higher instance of diabetes as well because you’re eating more to maintain energy throughout the day. Basically, the less you sleep, the more you eat.

I have a feeling that you’re not too comfortable with what you do for a living, and this is causing you stress and making it hard for you to sleep.

Anxiety is the number one cause for sleep deprivation. So if your job is causing you to lose sleep, then you simply need to find another job. That’s the only way you’re going to get out of this cycle. Any job that starts at four in the morning is probably not the best job for you anyway, as it’s very difficult to get sleep when you’re looking at daylight. So see what you can do about the root of this problem, and this will solve your sleep issues.

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