Shift work

Date Published: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Fiona Johnston discusses how to thrive when working shifts, including strategies to optimise your sleep quality and quantity.



  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:38 how does shift work differ from day work?
  • 02:28 how is sleep disrupted?
  • 02:57 improve our sleep
  • 04:21 fatigue and cumulative sleep debt
  • 05:15 enhancing alertness
  • 07:35 increased risk of metabolic syndrome
  • 09:51 is there an optimal roster?
  • 11:50 where to get help
  • 12:36 take-home messages


Take-home messages

  • Make sleep a priority and learn to use 4 Pillars of shiftwork success
  • Make sure your roster allows time to gain adequate sleep, which is 7–9 hours for most of us
  • Run a health check on your registration – make sure it is optimised to meet staff needs, business needs and health and safety recommendations.





Fiona Johnston
Occupational therapy

Fiona has 20+ years of experience helping people manage sleep, fatigue, shift work and work-life balance in many industry sectors. Her primary background is in occupational therapy, where she has helped people with mental health problems, trauma and concussion, manage sleep and fatigue.

Fiona is a member of the Australian Sleep Association and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Association. Her book, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, has sold over 10,000 copies.

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