How do you get more energy when you work the night shift? How do you prepare for the night shift and recover from sleep-deprivation? Learn everything you need to know about preparing for the night shift in this virtual chat. Featuring Sleep and Fatigue Specialist Clinton Marquardt and Caffeine Scientist and Author GreenEyedGuide.
Inexpensive Fatigue Prevention tips – How to get a better night sleep when you work night shift
The 5S of Caffeine – How to get MORE energy with LESS caffeine
Other Fatigue Countermeasures – What can you do when you’re tired at work?
If you were looking for a definitive guide for all your energy drink questions, this is it. Standard energy drinks. Pre-workout drinks. Drinks with all-natural ingredients. CaffeineMan and GreenEyedGuide cover it all. With this series, you’ll get science-based, no-BS answers to the big question, “Are energy drinks bad for you?”
In Part One, you’ll find information about the stereotypical energy drinks and their ingredients.
Part Two focuses on caffeinated pre-workout drinks. These types of drinks have ingredients intended to give exercise benefits.
The final episode, Part Three, features healthy energy drinks that even the worst energy drink hater would enjoy.
What defines "THE BEST" energy drink for night shift?
If you’ve ever wondered what to drink to help keep you awake on the night shift, this list is for you. While making the list of the best energy drinks for night shift, I used three criteria: 1) the drink has to be a top-selling brand, 2) it has to have the right amount of caffeine, and 3) it has to have other ingredients science has proven effective for boosting attention.
I know you have many, many choices when it comes to caffeinated beverages, but by sticking with the top-selling brands, you can be sure these brands taste good and are easy to find at grocery stores and gas stations. And, while caffeine does all the heavy lifting keeping you awake, there are several other ingredients that can be Robin to caffeine’s Batman.
Short on time? Download the Night Shift Energy Boost Shopping List – Includes the best energy drinks, ready-to-drink coffees, bottled teas, energy drink alternatives, AND some guidelines for healthier swaps
Energy Boosting Ingredients
If you want to overcome tiredness and get more energy working night shift, caffeine (and a short nap) is the most effective. But if taking a short nap isn’t possible, what should you drink to help keep you awake? To answer this question, we turn to science.
The good news is there are plenty of research papers on energy supplements for night shift workers and for the military.
The even better news is I’ve done all the hard work for you by reading this research! I’ll spare you the details and summarize the important parts.
I’ve been helping people manage fatigue and caffeine use for decades now. DECADES. It’s hard to believe I’ve been studying caffeine and energy drinks for almost 20 years now – my goodness, I’m getting old…
In those years I’ve witnessed the evolution of the energy drink: in 2003 every energy drink looked like Red Bull or Monster Energy; now some energy drinks are indistinguishable from ready-to-drink coffees, teas, and juice beverages. Along with the evolution of the caffeinated beverage, my business has evolved too. I’m happy to announce that “GreenEyedGuide” is now “GEG Research and Consulting”. GEG, for short, is your expert in managing fatigue and caffeine use in the workplace.
The Importance of Fatigue and Caffeine
New Name, Same Mission
My ambition as the “GreenEyedGuide” has always been to help people see caffeinated beverages the way I do, through my green eyes. I wanted to share my science background to help people make the best choices for themselves, based on facts, not fear.
What to Drink and How to Think For Every Level of Fatigue
With the new business name and slogan comes a sharper focus to the “HOW” behind my “WHY”. With my 5 Levels of Fatigue system, I can help people identify where fatigue is doing the most damage. To boost my own system, I’ve incorporated the best practices used to keep tired nurses from killing people. As a result, my Fatigue Management Workshop helps people learn what to drink and how to think for every Level of Fatigue.
Caffeine and Fatigue Research and Consulting
I published my energy drink book in 2013. In 2020, I’ve got a new book and several research papers in the works. I’ve also got a new partnership with the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association, and I look forward to leading more workshops with first responders. Suffice to say, it’s going to be a very busy year…
Updated 4/21/2020 by Danielle Robertson Rath (the “GreenEyedGuide”)
How to Manage Fatigue in the Workplace
It’s easy to imagine truck drivers, nurses, and first responders struggling to stay awake on the job, but fatigue impacts every occupation at every level. Fatigue can be as minimal as boredom or as severe as burnout. Fatigue can be physical, psychological, or both. Ignoring fatigue or accepting it as “part of the job” doesn’t just hurt employees, it also hurts the people they serve and the company’s bottom line. As a result, every company should have a plan for managing fatigue in the workplace.
The good news is anyone in any industry can make a Fatigue Management plan. After all, getting this plan started is more important than getting it perfect the first time.
In this post:
The Cost of Fatigue
Measuring Fatigue from Boredom to Burnout
5 Steps to Start a Fatigue Management Plan
Hi there, I research caffeine, energy drinks, and fatigue in the workplace.
I’ve been passionate about the science behind energy drinks since 2003. As my business has grown, I’ve expanded my focus from energy drinks to fatigue. As a result, my mission as the “GreenEyedGuide” is to help people who deal with caffeine and fatigue on a regular basis.
If you haven’t addressed fatigue in your workplace, here’s what you need to know to get started. In other words, here’s why paying attention to fatigue matters.
Even though 93% of workers say they’ve taken action to boost their energy, 2/3 employed Americans say they’ve made mistakes at work.
Mistakes range from trivial to severe:
Making a mistake in an email (22%)
Missing a button or wearing mismatched shoes (23%)
Addressing a colleague by the wrong name (or sending an email to the wrong “Bob”) (24%)
Missing a meeting or other job duties (41%)
Let’s look at that statistic again. More than 9/10 people say they’ve tried to boost their energy at work, but more than 6/10 people say they’ve made a mistake for not being alert enough.
That means the actions people are taking to boost their energy are not (always) working.
Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to fatigue in the workplace. Fatigue is a signal, and the key is to learn how to respond proportionately based on that signal.
At GEG, we believe getting enough sleep is important, but not always possible, and that more caffeine isn’t always the answer.
We also believe that even someone who is fully rested or fully caffeinated can feel physically or mentally exhausted at work. These principles are why the 5 Levels of Fatigue is so effective.
Measuring Fatigue from Boredom to Burnout
Fatigue might seem like the enemy but it can be a powerful tool if you know how to use it. The 5 Levels of Fatigue, developed by GreenEyedGuide, is a system for measuring fatigue, from boredom to burnout.
GreenEyedGuide’s 5 Levels of Fatigue is based on the science behind caffeine and the industry best practices of Fatigue Risk Management, recommended by organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Task Force on Fatigue Risk Management.
Using the 5 Levels of Fatigue helps you figure out when to “push through” the fatigue and when real changes need to be made.
Someone who is so tired they’re falling asleep standing isn’t going to feel better after a short walk and a glass of water.
Someone who ends their day feeling overwhelmed needs to make some changes, not just more caffeine.
5 Steps to Build Your Plan for Managing Fatigue in the Workplace
Once you know how to calculate your Level of Fatigue, you can build safeguards to prevent that fatigue from affecting your work.
Workload vs Staffing
Do you have more work than people to do that work? If so, can any of that work be spread out over time or over different departments to reduce the workload of one person?
If you or your team works long, unusual, or unpredictable hours, do you have strategies to make sure they get enough sleep when off-duty? Is there enough time between shifts?
Can you adjust the work schedule so that mission-critical tasks ARE NOT scheduled for those times when fatigue-driven mistakes are most likely to happen (shift beginning, shift end, and right after lunch)?
Employee Fatigue Training
Do you and your team know how to use the 5 Levels of Fatigue to gauge fatigue then act accordingly to lower the risk of making fatigue-based mistakes?
Workplace Environment Design
Is the lighting, temperature, and layout of your workplace conducive to staying alert and focused on the task at hand?
When you or your team are most likely to feel overwhelmed or exhausted, are the tools you need to do your work (or get a quick break) right at your fingertips?
Do you and your team feel comfortable confessing when they need a moment to breathe or a place to take a 20-minute nap?
Is there more incentive to hide fatigue or to admit when help is needed?
Let GreenEyedGuide Research and Consulting help you build your Fatigue Management Plan