4 Tips On Beating Nurse Fatigue

Working as a nurse can be tiring at the best of times between varying shifts and the busy demands associated with the job. However, during the winter, and Christmas in particular, the job can really take its toll. It’s important to keep your energy up to help you cope with the demands while maintaining your health at the same time. Read some great tips on beating nurse fatigue to help you make it through this busy time.

4 Ways To Beat Nurse Fatigue

1. Track your activity

Activity trackers are being used as a way for researchers to measure data around nurses’ movements. They can help to provide an understanding of how nurses work and the demands they face. With an activity tracker, you can measure resting heart rate, sleep patterns and more to help you stay on top of your health. Keep an eye on your stats and make an effort to improve them.

2. Eat for energy

What you eat has a huge effect on your energy levels. Nursing is a very active job, and you should aim to eat foods which provide you with energy to help keep you going. A balanced diet is important, and while you might think that caffeine and sugar give you more energy – the effects are temporary. It’s recommended to eat foods that provide a natural form of energy; found in foods like the following:

  • Bananas
  • Oily fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Porridge
  • Lentils
  • Avocados

Working shifts can make it tough to eat well, but with some easy lunch ideas you can eat well and not have to rely on the usual sandwiches and crisps combination.

3. Exercise regularly

Working out can feel like the last thing you want to do after a long shift, but regular exercise can help to increase your energy overall. Going for regular walks, doing a HIIT workout or doing some other form of cardio based exercise can help you improve your cardiovascular health while giving you more energy. Yoga is an excellent exercise for winding down after a night shift, helping you switch off for a more restful sleep. Meanwhile, some energy-boosting morning exercises can help you shake off the grogginess and help you to feel more awake.

4. Don’t neglect your sleep schedule

Working shifts can mess with your sleep patterns, which is why it’s important to learn to stick to a schedule. Some great sleep tips for night shift workers include:

  • Go to bed straight away, to stop you waking yourself up once you start becoming busy with other things.
  • Try to schedule in 7-9 hours sleep to help you get your recommended daily amount.
  • Make sure you’ve had something to eat and are hydrated – you don’t want to go to bed feeling hungry.
  • Make sure your bedroom is fit for sleep, that it’s dark enough and that you won’t be disturbed by others in your home.

If you’re struggling with nurse fatigue caused by irregular shift patterns and long hours, then making the switch to out of hours could be a good solution to help you regain balance and control of your mental and physical health. Find out more our current out of hours vacancies on our recruitment pages.