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What should I eat before, during and after my night shift?

Advice for nurses on how to ensure their diet does not suffer if they’re working nights

Nurses know healthy nutrition and hydration can be hard to achieve when working nights – read practical advice on curbing cravings and making healthy choices

How many nurses work night shifts?

Some 3.25 million people in the UK work night shifts, according to a 2019 analysis by the Trades Union Congress .

Care staff (432,000) account for the majority of night workers, followed by nurses and midwives (232,000).

How can shift work affect my health?

Shift work disrupts our circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock that regulates our sleep and wakefulness and other physiological processes such as digestion and metabolism. Studies show that


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