Best ways to tackle cabin crew tiredness

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By on Monday 15th Apr, 2013 at 11:35

For those working as cabin crew tiredness, unfortunately, comes with the job. If you’re feeling tired all the time – at work, at home, on a night out, then you’re probably finding it pretty frustrating.

There are ways to help reduce fatigue once you can establish the cause, so first of all have a think about your lifestyle and how that could be affecting your energy levels. The more you do to improve your physical wellbeing generally, the better your body will cope with flying across time zones and working irregular hours. So begin by assessing your physical and emotional state – as if these are out of order, your tiredness levels may soar while working as cabin crew.

Weight issues
Being overweight or underweight are the two most common causes for feeling tired all the time. If you are overweight your body has to work harder and if you are underweight your body doesn’t have enough energy to burn and it has to work overtime to keep you going.

You are what you eat
Diet can play a major role in combating tiredness. The first step to preventing tiredness by nutritional means is to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet.

What should you be eating to stave off cabin crew tiredness? A balanced diet includes plenty of fresh, preferably raw fruits and vegetables, wholewheat or unprocessed grains, and cereals, legumes and nuts, low-fat or skim milk and dairy products, small amounts of lean meat, fish, and chicken, eggs and small quantities of poly- or mono- unsaturated oils and fats.

Diets that contain too few carbohydrates, and too much fat, too few vitamins and minerals, will all contribute to your feelings of tiredness. Very low calorie or starvation diets that don't supply sufficient energy to keep your body going, will also make you feel exhausted. Avoid extreme diets to lose weight, as these could lead to you getting depressed, lacking energy and ending up eating more 'forbidden foods' than before.

Irregular sleep patterns
If you are suffering from insomnia – not able to get to sleep or waking up at irregular times – there are many options open to you. You might want to invest in special light box and find out about the benefits of Light Therapy. You can also learn relaxation techniques or self-hypnosis which will help you get off to sleep. And there are many natural sleeping tablets to consider. Of course consult your doctor if you are unsure of how to progress.

Stop being a couch potato
People who do not get plenty of regular exercise in the fresh air, are more prone to tiredness than those that work out in a gym, walk, run, or jog, swim, or play sport at least twice a week.
The solution to "couch potato" tiredness is to get moving and make a habit of getting regular exercise. You will also find that when you sleep after vigorous exercise, that you are more rested and refreshed.

Emotional state causes tiredness
If you work antisocial hours or irregular shifts this could be a contributing factor to the fatigue you feel every day. Of course you can’t just up and change your career at the drop of a hat; so what can you do about it?

According to many psychiatrists the main reason for feeling tired is due to emotional and mental attitudes towards various situations. It has been said that if you are by in large a healthy person but you’re working a job or are in a relationship that you don’t enjoy then this can induce fatigue as it is emotionally draining to be dissatisfied in such an important part of your life.

If you find yourself feeling regularly bored; anxious, resentful, worried or panicked you are more than likely experiencing feelings of tiredness as well.

One thing that you can do to help control your tiredness is to actually take up an activity – we’re not talking running marathons here but a twice weekly exercise or dance class can relieve stress and boredom and promote the release of the happy hormone serotonin which will make you feel more awake and more fulfilled.

Overcoming Jet Lag
According to medical specialists Bupa, there aren’t any medicines specifically available for jet lag. However, there’s evidence to suggest that the hormone melatonin can be useful in people who are travelling across more than five time zones. Melatonin has not been licensed yet for jet lag, but if a doctor who specialises in travel has experience in this area, he or she may be able to prescribe it to you as an off-licence medication. Talk to a doctor at a travel clinic if you’re travelling somewhere where you think you will need this treatment.

If you’re tired when you need to be alert, caffeine can help as a temporary pick-up. But don’t drink lots of coffee in the hours before you need to get to sleep.

Think positive about your job
The other thing you can do is to tackle the bits and pieces in your life that you feel may be responsible for your tiredness; if your job is one which you don’t want to leave but you’re not all that happy with it either then try and find the positives in it – you’re progressing in your career, albeit a little slowly, and you're socialising everyday with people from all walks of life. It's a fantastic job, if you can see beyond the tiredness!

You can also try and focus your tiredness in to securing a promotion or reaching another goal in your personal life to help turn it from fatigue to positive energy.

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Article written by Alison Clements