My schedule this school year is packed and I work the midnight shift. This means I begin work at 11:00 PM and get off at 2:30 AM. Would it be healthy if I slept for 4 hours before a total of 5 hours of wakefulness and 4 hours afterwards? Most places I go for the answer to this question suggest that historically only 1 or 2 hours bisected these periods of sleep. Not to mention, the work I do during this shift is highly physical. In the morning, I'll be going to a boot camp class. So, will this impede on my ability to perform? Alternatively, Would it be better if I slept for 8 hours straight, beginning at 2 PM and ending at 10 PM.
asked bySteven_Czernek (0)
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on June 06, 2013
at 02:12 AM
Heavy physical labor between 11pm-2:30am sounds terribly unhealthy, regardless of when and how you get the rest of your sleep.
Your body runs on a light cycle, which means that it expects high quality sleep during the exact time that you will be working. Many people believe that the best sleep occurs before 2am, and the very best before midnite!
Google "cortisol cycle" and look at the images. You can't really make up for lost sleep by just sleeping at other times of the day. Your health will be impacted.