Quote from heidster
I just started working third-shift as a CNA this week, and I was just wondering about how long it takes to adjust to working third-shift? Does anyone have any suggestions or helpful tips to make this transition a little easier? Thanks!
I am a hard core nightshifter. Oh, it takes less time the younger you are, and if you are a natural "night person". I have always been a night person and have hated early mornings as long as I can remember.
I would not advise flip-flopping your schedule on your days off unless you are in your 20s. Try to stay up as late as possible on your nights off - that is the key to success. I like to eat something light in the morning before bed, (like an English muffin), so I don't wake up because I am hungry while sleeping in the day. Try to eat something before going to work and snack as possible during your shift if lunch is impossible.
Make it completely dark in your bedroom. Use aluminum foil if necessary. You want it as dark as a Las Vegas hotel room during the day! I sleep the best if the temp is around 70 and use a portable A/C vented through my window screen during hot weather. Where I live, I can't afford to make my whole house 70 degrees.
Schedule sleep time for yourself on your work days. You have to care of yourself; put yourself first as top priority on your work days. Do not schedule anything other than sleep and work on work days, (or should I say nights
?) Turn off landline and cell phone, turn off doorbell.
If you are a natural night person it will take about a week to get used to. If you are a morning person...........this will take some work and could take a very long time. Some people just plain can't do it. I wish you good luck and cheerful nights at work with fun-loving coworkers.