Love Nightshift was founded by Mitch when he was 23 and working night shifts.
When Mitch first started working night shifts they were okay. But after a few months they really started to take their toll. He was sleeping all day on his days off, losing weight like crazy, sick regularly and grumpy 24/7. His relationship was suffering too.
Everybody at Mitch's work had their own advice and tips on how to manage night shifts and he tried them all with mixed results. It wasn't until he did some research on a particularly bad day that he realised there was a few simple keys to successfully managing night shifts.
He found that for a number of reasons, blocking out light is the biggest factor in getting a good sleep. When it is dark your body naturally convert serotonin into melatonin, the sleep hormone. This hormone gets your brain and body to sleep and keeps it asleep. Then, when it is light, your body converts the melatonin back into serotonin which wakes you up. No wonder it is so hard to sleep on night shift.
After reading this Mitch went out in search of the best sleep mask. To his surprise every sleep mask on the market seemed to be designed for travellers to use once or as novelty gifts with funny words or faces on them. They were okay and actually did help him sleep better, but they were so cheaply and thoughtlessly made, bad at blocking out light and itchy on his face that they really weren't worth the material they were made out of. It was obvious the designers had put no thought into how beneficial and important a good sleeping mask could be for night shift workers.
Frustrated by this but in desperate need of a better sleep Mitch made his own homemade sleeping mask. The difference it made to his sleep was incredible.
After creating this sleep mask he ended up managing his shifts very successfully, much better than his coworkers who always looked like zombies on every shift and complained their days off were spent recovering.
He wanted to help them but they would never do anything to help themselves, they just kept drinking energy drinks, and kept taking sleeping pills. It was easier than making a good sleeping mask and some ear plugs. Besides, it wasn't that bad, they were comfortable with their routine, and how could a mask work? It's just a piece of material.
Then one day his girlfriend noticed the roster for her placements had a few night shifts on it, she was nervous, she had never worked nights before and wanted to do great on her placements to help land herself a job. She asked Mitch for help and he told her night shifts are easy if you manage them correctly. All you need is a good sleeping mask and some earplugs. It's true you can check the studies or see for yourself.
Unlike Mitch's coworkers his girlfriend wanted to help herself, she was a nurse and interested in health so was not about to ruin her body with energy drinks and sleeping pills. He made her a mask and gave her some earplugs, and her night shifts were a breeze.
This made Mitch realise that there were probably thousands of people out there who wanted to help themselves have a better night shift. He remembered how hard they were when he first started and how there was nowhere to get quality sleeping masks suitable for managing night shift. He remembered the difference his sleeping mask had made to his sleep and he wanted other people in need to have the option to help themselves and to experience the imporovements it makes.
That's why he founded Love Nightshift, to help people who want to help themselves to love night shifts.