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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
October 1, 2017
Working outside of normal working hours can put a real strain on your body. Not only can shift work disrupt your sleeping pattern but it can also wreak havoc on your diet. Shift workers are at higher risk of becoming overweight and developing diabetes and heart disease, so it’s important to stay healthy and pick the right fuel for your body.
Working at odd hours disturbs our internal “body clock”, which helps to regulate a number of bodily functions such as sleeping and waking, body temperature, blood pressure and digestion. As a result, shift workers often experience digestion problems such as stomach pain, gas, nausea and heartburn. Poor eating habits only make this worse.
Here are our 10 tips for eating well for shift work:
Tip: For information on good sleeping patterns, read our blog on sleep: ‘Are you getting enough ZZZ?’.
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***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.