Sunday, 25 March 2018

Achieving Quality Sleep While Working Shifts

This post is a collaboration with Leesa Sleep and includes a gifted product.


Despite the title of this post, funnily enough I don't mean achieving a little power nap while you're at your desk, I mean achieving a good night's sleep when you're not able to have a routine. A bedtime routine is something that we're constantly told is good for our health because it helps us get a good night's sleep. In reality, a routine just isn't achievable for all of us because shift work is a thing folks and I'm well aware that, as a 'shift worker', I have a pretty good deal in that I don't work night shifts. What I do work is late shifts, sometimes followed by an early shift that might start ten hours after my late shift finished. Once I've shaved off time for getting to and from work, getting ready in the morning and actually winding down (because I don't exactly leave work feeling relaxed having just finished putting out live TV) it doesn't leave that much time for sleep. So while I've seen a fair few tips about getting into good bedtime routines, I don't always have time for one and I assume there are plenty of other people who are in a similar position so I thought I'd put together a few tips on achieving the best quality sleep possible while working shifts.

S I M P L I F Y  Y O U R  S K I N C A R E  R O U T I N E  |  Everyone knows you should always take your makeup off before bed and on a normal night I find taking time over my skincare routine really helps me relax, but when I get in past 11 I honestly can't be bothered with all those lotions and potions. So I have two skincare routines - one for when I have time and one for when I don't. When I've been on a late shift I remove my makeup with micellar water and a cotton pad (I'm currently using Superdrug's Vitamin E one which is excellent) and then just pop some moisturiser on. It's super quick, but means I go to bed feeling refreshed and wake up without any dry skin.

M A K E  Y O U R  B E D R O O M  A  S A N C T U A R Y  |  It sounds like a silly thing to say, but making sure you actually have a comfortable and cosy space is SO important. It's only as we've gradually upgraded our duvet/mattress/pillows that I've come to realise just how much of a difference things like that really make. I was recently sent the Leesa mattress* to try out and I've genuinely noticed that I've been getting to sleep much quicker and waking up less in the night since having it (I am usually a pretty bitty sleeper). It's funny because when you first lie on the mattress it feels quite hard and you imagine it's not going to be very comfortable, but both Nick and I have been sleeping so much better since having it and it may have made sleeping easier, but it's definitely made getting up harder! The mattress is made up of three foam layers and has a unique top layer that allows for air circulation so no waking up feeling hot in the middle of the night (unless you've accidentally left your heating on, which I wouldn't advise from personal experience) and it also allows for freedom of movement - unlike other memory foam mattresses that can get moulded into your position, this one moves with you throughout the night. What I also love is that if you don't like the mattress you can return it  within 100 nights and get a full refund and they'll donate the mattress to charity. This mattress paired with our new cotton bed linen means our bed is the cosiest it's ever been.


R E A D  ( B U T  O N L Y  A  C H A P T E R )  |  However much I feel like I should just try to get some sleep, I know it'll take me longer to fall asleep in the first place if I don't wind down. I'll set my alarm for the morning and pop my phone to the side so I'm not tempted to have a scroll and I'll read for a bit instead. Reading helps me switch off, stop thinking about work and relax. I'll always read in bed so I'll get comfy and warm up, but I'll only read a chapter so that I don't end up going to bed at stupid o'clock.

S E T  T H E  M O O D  |  While I'm reading I'll always apply some of the Lush Sleepy body lotion, which really helps me to feel relaxed. I don't know if it's a placebo effect, but I find it really works and it smells amazing. I like to think that the scent starts to work while I'm reading so that once I'm finished I'll hopefully drop off easily. Something else I'd love to try is sleep sprays, which I've heard work wonders. 

D O N ' T  H A V E  A  H O T  D R I N K  |  Although a nice herbal tea does help me relax, it also means I'll wake up halfway through the night needing a wee (TMI?) so however tempting it may be, I only have a hot drink before bed if I have the time to drink it a good hour before I'm actually planning on going to sleep so after a late shift that's a definite no no for me! I find a glass of water by my bed works well instead.


Do you work shifts? How do you make sure you get the best sleep you can?

If you fancy trying it for yourself you can get £80 off a Leesa mattress here.

Amy x

*denotes a gifted product

All opinions and love of my bed my own.
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15 comments

  1. Dan keeps moaning that we need a new mattress, so this post came at the perfect time! I love lush sleepy body lotion too, and I’ve been using the This works deep sleep pillow spray which id definitely recommend xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Aw well this is definitely a good one! I might have to pick up the pillow spray, heard such good things about it! Xx

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  2. You've listed some really great tips here Amy,and all of which I could see hugely helping those who work shifts and/or are short on time! Simplifying skincare routines is excellent advice, as is limiting yourself to just one chapter :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, I found simplifying my skincare routine so helpful! xx

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  3. Great ideas, I need to try the Lush body lotion!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Oooh it's so nice you should definitely try it! xx

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  4. Such great advice! Over the summer I worked as a nursing assistant which meant 8 hour shifts either in the early morning or late at night. Being tired at bedtime was somewhat of a struggle, but simplifying my routine helped a lot. Thanks for sharing this post, so helpful!

    Shann Eileen | www.shanneileen.com

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    1. I'm glad simplifying your routine helped too, it's so good to still have a little one but not feel any pressure! xx

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  5. I totally understand the issue with having tea before bed! It sounds so nice to have a warm cup while reading in bed but I always find it keeps me up instead of helping me sleep. I should also probably try just reading a chapter a night of a book... sometimes I get too engrossed and end up staying awake for hours.
    xo, Rowan | rowanmorrissy.com

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    1. If I get really into a book sometimes I find I sleep quicker so I can read more the next morning haha! xx

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  6. This is pretty helpful
    Thanks for sharing.

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
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  7. Your bed and bedroom look so cosy and comfy and I love the sound of that mattress! We're thinking of investing in a king bed soon and are looking for the best kind of mattress to suit our needs. We currently have a pillowtop mattress that is quite comfortable but also really heavy and OTT. Leesa sounds like an incredible company.

    Sharni | www.agirlandgrey.com

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    1. Honestly it's sooo comfortable! I'm so happy with how cosy our bedroom is right now - a king size bed is the dream haha! xx

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  8. I dont work shifts but anything to get better quality sleep is always something I want to know about! Making your bedroom a sanctuary is so important, it needs to be somewhere you can really relax and feel comfortable in - I moved back to my parents for all of about a week between flats last year where i slept in my old room but surrounded by bags and boxes, and the effect of not having that sanctuary was really noticeable in terms of my sleep. The Leesa matresses sound lovely! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. It can affect your sleep so much can't it - even if the bedroom is a mess I sleep worse! xx

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