I’m a Shift Worker … I Can’t Help Being Sleepy!

Many of us are in jobs where our shifts rotate from day to night, or where we work second or third shift regularly.

  • What strategies can you use to drive safety to and from work if you’re a shift worker?


You can take effective steps to reduce your risks.

  • Make it a priority to get good sleep by creating a quiet, cool, dark environment, allowing sufficient time for sleep, and trying to sleep during the same hours each day.
  • Another strategy is to avoid driving home from work while sleepy. Get a ride from a family member, take a cab.
  • Nap before heading home.
  • Consume caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee to help improve alertness for a short period.