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Winter Fatigue & How To Combat It

Winter Fatigue & How To Combat It

Thursday 23rd September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

What is Winter fatigue?

It's late September 2021 and that can only mean one thing. Slowly but surely, Winter is coming here in the UK.

As a worker, Winter can cause something which is commonly known as 'Winter Fatigue'. The low visibility and dark evenings can cause workers to become fatigued. It should however be noted that this is a year-round concern in workplaces which require workers to work long hours, shift work and/or irregular working patterns. This fatigue is also amplified by conditions such as poor weather or a general lack of sunlight. Winter fatigue is particularly different as due to the time of year, days seem shorter and as a result of this it may make your staff feel rushed and disoriented at work.

It is important that Winter fatigue is not overlooked. It can be dangerous as it can cause a decrease in hazard perception, adherence to safety measures and also productivity. Winter fatigue can also have a negative effect on a worker's mental health.

Mental health and Winter fatigue

A great way of making your staff aware of Winter fatigue is discussing it alongside mental health talks. Winter can be a cause of poor mental health due to a disorder known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). If you notice that a staff member or colleague is suffering then it is vital that you support them. Even Though mental health doesn't fall under the OSHA recordable criteria, it is still a key hazard and should be something that you make your staff aware of.

Tips for combatting Winter fatigue

Below are some great ways that you can battle Winter fatigue and boost your energy levels up during the cold season:
1. Go out into the daylight and try things such as walking or cycling before or after work.
2. Practice something known as clean sleep. This means that you get 8 hours of sleep each night.
3. Go to the gym. Working out can help to increase your sleep.
4. Eat for the weather. Don't skip breakfast and balance your diet whilst eating regularly. With Christmas on the horizon, high-calorie foods are more readily available.
5. Cut back on your caffeine consumption. This will help you to sleep better.
6. Take a break from alcohol.
7. Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of water.
8. Relax more.