December 20, 2021

How Float Therapy is Saving Night Shift Workers

A man coming out of the float tank after taking the float therapy

Shift work (and especially night shift work) is mentally and physically gruelling. Therefore, it’s essential that you do all you can to look after yourself in between shifts. Float therapy is quickly rising in popularity for shift workers as a way to unwind and reset before your next shift.


How does float therapy help you recover from your shift?


  • Reset your body clock.

After coming off the night shift, your body has adjusted to certain patterns that aren’t suited to regular life. These may include sleeping during the day and being alert and switched on throughout the night.

Therefore, going back to regular scheduling can be very tricky. It can be tough to switch off in the evenings and help your body clock become used to winding down at night.

Float therapy helps you to calm your mind and reset your body. We suggest going for a float tank session in the afternoon/evening of your first day off from the night shift. The dark and silent environment of the pod will completely calm your mind and let your body know it’s time to rest. Afterwards, you will return home feeling relaxed and ready for a long rest that will help you get back onto your regular sleep schedule.


  • Help your muscles recover.

If you are on your feet for long periods in your shift work or spend many hours hunched over, this can cause significant wear and tear on the body. This can result in back and neck pain, feet aches and muscle stiffness.

All our float tanks contain a solution of highly concentrated magnesium sulphate that help your muscles recover.

One of the key ingredients is magnesium. It has been scientifically proven that magnesium helps your body break down the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles during activity. It is the build-up of lactic acid that causes muscle aches and cramps. Luckily, the most effective way to absorb magnesium is through the skin. Therefore, the most effective way to help your muscles recover is floating in a giant pod of highly concentrated magnesium, like the ones we provide at the Float Lab.

Check out our recent blog on the benefits of magnesium to learn more.


  • Relax your mind.

When we are feeling exhausted by shift work or even just life in general, we often forget to take the time to practice mindfulness and meditation.

It is vital to our mental health that we take the time to slow down our minds now and again. Otherwise, it gets easy to feel overwhelmed, especially in highly confronting roles like nursing or police work.

Float therapy creates the perfect environment to relax your mind. The Epsom salts allow you to float comfortably atop the warm water, easing any aches in your body and allowing you to focus completely on your breathing and mindfulness.


Feel completely rejuvenated with a session in our sensory deprivation float tanks at Float Lab.

To learn more about how float tanks can help you recover from night shift work, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff.

Alternatively, if your loved one does shift work, buy them a Float Lab gift voucher and treat them to a whole new world of relaxation.

Book your float tank experience here.