You finally got the perfect job at a company where you want to work. But there’s just one problem. The job requires you to work night shift.
According to Dr. Gottlieb, director of the sleep Disorders Center at VA Boston Healthcare System, “Sleep patterns are influenced by genetic differences." This is why some people gravitate toward working night shift jobs while others tow the line hoping to soon get a daytime job.
Researchers classify people into two categories: owls and larks. Night people are referred to as owls. Owls come to life at night. They prefer to sleep late and stay up late into the night. Owls make excellent night shift workers. People who hate night shift work are most likely “larks”. Larks are day people. Larks wake up early and go to sleep early. Most larks are well into sleep by midnight. The difference between owls and larks might be in the genes.
The CRY1 gene is influential in the development of normal circadian cycles. Researcher now know that about 1% of people have a genetic mutation of CRY1. People with the CRY1 mutation are night owls. This mutation increases the production of a protein that blocks the transition into sleep.
If needed, we can all stay awake during the night. It requires resetting our biological clock. It takes time and diligence. Younger people adapt easier but even senior citizens can somewhat change their circadian clocks.
If you don’t have a mutated CRY1 gene, you can still accept that night shift job but you’ll more successful if you follow tips for working nightshift. Start by dividing the process of resetting your biological clock into steps.
The first tip for working nightshift ( step 1) is to record a sleep journal. You can find a sleep diary by clicking this link: https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/SleepDiaryv6.pdf
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