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Shift Work and your Sleep

Shift Work and your Sleep

Make your Bedroom the Perfect Environment for Daytime Sleep

‘Over recent years we have come to understand how important good sleep is to our health and well being’. ‘A lack of sleep can have a major impact on mood concentration, memory and quality of life.’

‘Generally, the body is programmed to sleep best overnight and to be most alert during the day and early evening. If you work night shift, it might not be easy to sleep enough or to sleep well during the day. If you start work very early in the morning, it might be hard to sleep in the evening.’

Lack of Sleep is an Occupational Hazard

‘Shiftworkers often complain of being tired, both on and off the job. It may be harder to concentrate and be alert while at work. This means there is more danger of accidents at work and on the road, driving to and from work.’

‘Fatigue is recognised by relevant government authorities as a workplace health and safety risk and must be treated as such. Fatigue impairs you as if you were drunk or on sedative drugs. In fact, studies show that 17 hours without sleep impairs your driving in the same way as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent’

‘In addition to this, fatigue worsens your hand-eye coordination and makes it harder for you to communicate. Your brain does not process information or solve  problems as well as it should. You also tend to take more risks. This means that your chance of making errors goes up. In turn this can be a danger to the health and safety of you and those around you. To make things worse, as you become sleepier, you are less aware of your reduced performance.’

‘Shift workers are especially at high risk. They often need to work at a time when their body clock says they should sleep. They may also have to try and sleep when their body clock is geared to being awake and active. In fact, research has found that shift workers have 1-2 hours less sleep on average per 24 hours than non-shift workers.’

‘If you do safety-critical work (such as driving and using heavy vehicles and machinery) then you are also at risk. So are people making important business decisions. If you have a long commute to and from work, your risk may also be higher because of  less time for rest and sleep. Also, if you often travel across time zones for work, you are at risk of jet lag. Travellers may also suffer due to getting poor sleep in unfamiliar places.’

OzShut Roller Shutters WILL help you Create the Ideal Sleeping Environment!

    Light

‘What makes you fall asleep are changes in the level of the hormone melatonin circulating in your body. During the day, light stimulates a part of the brain. The brighter the light, the bigger the decrease and the darker the dark, the bigger the increase of melatonin.’ ‘By making your days lighter and your nights darker, you can improve both the quality of your sleep and the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep.’

“Even if you doze off, light can be detected through your eyelids—and your brain won’t produce melatonin if it’s confused between night and day,” says Joyce Walsleben, PhD, associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine. “You want as much darkness in your bedroom as you can handle without tripping over things.”

This is often the biggest challenge for a shift worker who is trying to fall asleep while the sun is up! OzShut Roller Shutters give you 100% control over the amount of light let into your bedroom. When fully closed they are capable of blocking out even the brightest direct sunlight on a window.

   Noise

Outside noise can be another big problem for those trying to sleep during the day time. From the general neighbourhood sounds of traffic, barking dogs or lawnmowers to a sudden ambulance or blaring music. Even if you manage to fall asleep easily, ‘as your body transitions through different stages of sleep, unexpected noise may wake you during shallower cycles.

The slats of a Roller Shutter are all injected with Polyurethane. This insulating material will block outside noise by up to 50%!

  Temperature

‘Your body temperature naturally drops as you drift into sleep, so cooling down your bedroom can jump start the process and make it easier to doze off.’  If your bedroom window faces directly into the sun, chances are your room becomes uncomfortably hot during the summer making it almost impossible to get comfortable enough to fall asleep and stay asleep.

OzShut Roller Shutters are designed to prevent that transfer of heat by up to 90%! This also means you do not need to use your air-conditioning as much and will save 30-40% on the running costs.

   Security

Especially if you are home alone during the day when you need to sleep, having Roller Shutters on your windows will give you great piece of mind and allow you to relax, knowing you are safe from unwanted intruders.

Similarly Roller Shutters will provide the necessary safety for your family while you are working night shift or away for an extended time.

What our customers have to say

We installed our Roller Shutters as we both work shift work and often are required to sleep during the day. We love that our OzShut Roller Shutters turn day to night at the click of a switch. Additionally, the noise reduction makes an enormous difference when sleeping during the day. We would highly recommend your product” Paul Konowalow

“Block out so much heat and light which is perfect for my shift working husband trying to sleep during the day.” Letecia Davis

The Roller Shutters make the house quieter with road traffic. And I love how they make the room really dark during the day as well as cooler.” Tess and Phillip Waller

The Roller Shutters have made me feel so much safer when my partner is on night shift and he loves having a dark, quiet room when sleeping during the day. Thanks Ozshut for such a great deal and for hooking us up with some good quality and affordable Roller Shutters! ” Courtney Gooden, Byford

 

Book your free in-home measure and quote today!!

With our Pay-by-the-Month, NO INTEREST options (for approved customers) and installation in only 5 DAYS from your order, its never been easier to turn your bedroom into a sleeping haven!!

 

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References

https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306887,00.html#keep-your-room-cool-0

biology.stackexchange.com ‘why-do-you-need-you-room-dark-for-melatonin-release’

http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/public-information/fact-sheets-a-z/shiftwork.html

http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/public-information/fact-sheets-a-z/tips-for-a-good-night-s-sleep.html

http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/public-information/fact-sheets-a-z/fatigue-as-an-occupational-hazard.html