5 Tips in How To Adapt to Night Shift

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    Working night shift can be hazardous to your life. Here's 5 tips on how to adapt...

    1. Paint your bedroom walls black (to sleep during the day)
    2. Do not adopt a new pet (you don't want it waking you up while you sleep)
    3. Stay away from the coffee (you'll end up in the bathroom every hour if you do)
    4. Stay away from the Zombie in room 101
    5. Ignore Vlad when he tells you to drink some of his Hawaiian Punch.

    In the spirit of Halloween, add your night-shift tip below...



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    Last edit by Joe V on Oct 17, '13
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    Stay away from fast moving Mummies
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    True story: I've worked nights for 30+ years. My daughter recently married a man with a 13 year old son, Branden. Before the wedding, I told Branden that since he already HAS two grandmothers, he could decide what he would like to call me.

    He thought about it for a couple days and then told me, "Since you work all night and sleep all day, I'm going to call you Zombie Grandma!"

    Just sign me......... Zombie Grandma
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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    True story: I've worked nights for 30+ years. My daughter recently married a man with a 13 year old son, Branden. Before the wedding, I told Branden that since he already HAS two grandmothers, he could decide what he would like to call me.

    He thought about it for a couple days and then told me, "Since you work all night and sleep all day, I'm going to call you Zombie Grandma!"

    Just sign me......... Zombie Grandma
    Too funny
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    Stay moving as much as possible during the night. Sleep when you can during the day. I sometimes sleep at my mother's house to avoid the noise in mine.
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    Learn to properly function off 2/3 hours of sleep because you have kids
    lilsnfrn, workingmama77, and DedHedRN like this.
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    Try really hard not to wreck your car on the way home.
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    I work night shift as a CNA and attend nursing school during the day it's tough but I have to do it. When I first started night shift I ate a lot of junk food, drank sodas and coffee just to keep me up but it only made me more tired and cranky. Now I drink lots of water during my shift and make my own fruit bowls and trail mix. It keeps me up and energized. I'm thinking that I want to work the night shift as a nurse too but we'll see. A year and a half of nursing school left!!!
    RLMORLEYOMAHA, lilsnfrn, and Steph143 like this.
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    Insulated black out curtains. Best invention ever.
    cardiacfreak, SE_BSN_RN, renardeau, and 2 others like this.
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    I actually bought two tension-type (springy) curtain rods and use them vertically to keep my curtains tucked in. My room is so dark that if I roll over and the clock says 2:30- I have to really think about if it's 2:30 AM or 2:30 PM.

    I also have two black twin sized flat sheets that I put - scrunched up - on top of the curtains to keep light from coming in on top, and I lay my decorative pillows from the bed against the bottom of the curtains to block that light source.


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