Most healthy adults need between 7.5-9 hours of sleep each night to perform at their best. You will function better and perform your work more safely if you get adequate sleep. Increase your sleep quotient by scheduling short power naps into your day. Sleep more on the weekends and stick to a regular sleep pattern.

Avoid long commutes and extended work hours. If you have an especially long shift, arrange to take short nap breaks throughout the shift. As far as is possible, work alongside others to help keep you awake and alert.

Shift workers are more prone to sleepiness on the job than employees who have set work hours. If you are a shift worker who is finding it hard to get to sleep at home, it is highly likely that you will experience drowsiness on the job as well. You need to work smart to make sure that you perform at your best. Don’t leave the most tedious or repetitive part of the job until late in the shift when you are the most tired. Night workers experience the most tiredness between the hours of 4-5am. Drink a caffeinated beverage to help you to say alert throughout your shift.