Nights in the ER?? - page 2

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  1. by   scrubsandasmile
    Quote from DC Collins
    2) Trazadone. One pill puts me out for about 6 Very good hours of sleep. I usually sleep beyond that for up to two more hours, but normal daytime noises might wake me sometimes. Yet, those 6 hours, because they are so good are plenty. The n ice thing is that, after the pill wears off 6 hours or so later, I am not groggy at all like some sleeping pills can make one. One caveat though! It tends to make people's dreams very vivid. So if you regularly have nightmares, this is not the way to go. But if your dreams tend to be nice, neutral, or even just weird, this isn't a problem.
    Did an MD prescribe you trazadone as a sleeping aid or was it prescribed for something else and then you noticed it also helped with sleep?
  2. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from scrubsandasmile

    Did an MD prescribe you trazadone as a sleeping aid or was it prescribed for something else and then you noticed it also helped with sleep?
    It's commonly prescribed for sleep and/or depression.
  3. by   scrubsandasmile
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    It's commonly prescribed for sleep and/or depression.
    I did know the depression part, thats why I was wondering if it was prescribed for sleep or for depression and DC Collins noticed it also worked well for sleep.
  4. by   Rhi007
    I've found that many staff kind of 'lose the plot' ... By about 2am they've hit the wall it's rather entertaining actually. When I landed in the ED as a patient, one night the shift co ord was stan lee ( anyone a comic book buff) so occasionally you would hear over the pa 'the king to area A...thank you very much' I lost it. Another time they played hockey with a bin and pack of 4x4's
  5. by   whichone'spink
    I like when I'm rotating to night shift. They're more fun than dayshift that's for sure. Dayshift is way too uptight.
  6. by   feline.paws
    At least I think there's less politics at nights though they place new nursing grads that are inexperienced at nights...tough for those experienced ones who get the worst and sickest patients....
  7. by   mybrowneyedgirl
    I have worked nights for 2 1/2 years. I sleep right away when I get home until 3p when I have to get my kids. I switch back to "normal sleeping" on my days off. When I need to go back on nights I take a nap before I go in. I try to group my work days together to make things easier.

    As far as weight gain, drink water or unsweetened tea. Don't snack at your desk. Pack a lunch and don't go to the vending machine or cafeteria. On my days off, I don't eat breakfast because my body naturally wants food late at night too. If I eat breakfast it's just additional calories.

    I love nights. Good luck.
  8. by   KMerrill
    Lots of water!
  9. by   DC Collins
    Quote from scrubsandasmile
    Did an MD prescribe you trazadone as a sleeping aid or was it prescribed for something else and then you noticed it also helped with sleep?
    I knew someone else who had it prescribed for sleep, so I asked my doc. Doc said ok.

    DC :-)
  10. by   ED18yrs
    Sleep when you are tired, try to stay on one schedule. Eat well, get some exercise, take all of your vacation time. That one is mine. I like the old surgeon's mantra better, though: "Eat when you can, sleep when you can, !#@% when you can, and don't touch the pancreas."
  11. by   thelema13
    Nights are awesome. A nice shift differential, don't have to deal with management (much).

    Try not to eat a meal when you go home, you will lose weight rather than gain it. I have seriously thick dark blinds and shades in my bedroom, and I also wear a pair of eye shades and it is no problem to sleep during the day.

    Once you are on nights, you will never want to leave. Other than being on a different schedule than your friends and family, but I can switch to a day schedule pretty easily. Helps to be young!
  12. by   Backblast
    It's a huge help to sleep in a dark room during the day. My trick: Cut a large piece of cardboard to the size of every window in your room. Cover it with aluminum foil, shiny side out, then place in your windows when you're sleeping. I keep mine up all the time, but that's just me. Good luck!
  13. by   LadyFree28
    If you choose to "snack" at night, granola, low fat yogurt, popcorn, etc during the night, Eat dinner before you go to work. Keeping with the normal circadian and basal cycle in you body will prevent significant weight gain. Eat a small heathy breakfast IF you can before leaving, so by the time you get home, you at least maintaining...make sure you get at least 6 hours of sleep-your body still needs adequate sleep. Eat a complex healthy lunch when you wake up as well. Since you need to sleep at night, NOTIFY people you will not be available until the afternoon...I also suggest an eye mask to achieve darkness. When your days are off, you may adjust to daytime cycle, so you can get things done, socialize, etc., but at least extend you awake time during the least until 2 am, then 3 or 4 am, so you can be ready to stay awake for your shift, then return to your day time cycle of sleep.