Four easy things you can do to help

How many times have you woken up after you’ve had plenty of sleep but you can’t seem to focus, respond, make little decisions and just have “night shift brain.” Or maybe you’re just being a raging asshole and you don’t know why. Little things set you off, especially your own lack of focus and slow response time.
You know, the lights are on but nobody is at home? Unfortunately this can be a common problem for shift workers, so here are 4 tips to combat it:

  1. Intermittently fast. Don’t eat right before you fall asleep and don’t eat as soon as you wake up. Giving your body and your digestive system a break can help stimulate autophagy and in turn, brain regeneration.
  2. Exercise to release endorphins that help rejuvenate your brain. Whatever exercise you enjoy, do it when you wake up and enjoy the benefits all day.
  3. Try some quiet time or mediation. If you’re not into that “hippie mumbo jumbo” that’s cool. But try to just sit quietly and focus on your breathing for 5 minutes. If you want to try some yoga, mediation or stretching, this would be the time to do it.
  4. Fuel your brain! I’m not telling you to go out and crush a bunch of fatty food, but nomming on some “healthy fats” like nuts and avocados can greatly improve your brain function.  

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