Night shift - page 2

by yooper13 2,959 Views | 21 Comments

I started a new job, and this was my first week on nights. Last night was my Friday (YAY!). I'm just orienting and trying to make my way through night shifts...I really am a night person, so I think it will work for me, but... Read More


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    PS: ALL the cool people work nights! [/QUOTE]

    Preach it
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    Try not to overload on caffeine or eat heavy meals, I found that when I ate a carb loaded meal (like pasta, or beans and rice, whatever) I felt the food coma coming.
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    I've been on permanent nights for almost 3 years. Like you, OP, I am a night owl but night shift is an adjustment. It takes approximately 2-3 months to fully adjust.

    I stay on a night time schedule on my days off. Flipping is much harder on your system. I can be up by 1300 if I need to be. I eat balanced meals and aim for 7 hours of sleep minimum. On days off, I can sleep 9-10 hours sometimes.

    Blackout curtains, ear plugs and shutting off my phone are essential for sleep. I also take gravol or benadryl with valerian root tablets to help me sleep.
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    Before I figured out I was Type 2, I'd come home and eat 2 pieces of cheesecake for breakfast. That would usually knock me out until late afternoon... not that I'm recommending it to anyone! :***:


    ~W.
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    I love my night shifts! My white noise machine is my BFF, it cancels out all the noise my sister makes during the mornings, and anything going on outside. I also don't try to swap my sleep schedule around on my days off. I go to bed as soon as I get home and shut my alarm off on my days off. I find that my first day off after 3-4 in a row, I sleep a lot, but that is fine by me.
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    Thanks all! I know there are lots of posts on the topic (I've read them all, I think!), but most are about sleeping during the day. I have absolutely NO problem sleeping...dark room, white noise, phone off, check, check, check! I konk out for a good 8-9 hours! My problem is at work, come 0100/0200 or so, even WITH a good amount of sleep, I just feel like I'm going to fall over! I don't understand it...just waiting to get used to it, I guess. Thanks for the replies!
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    I do it just a little different. When I get home from work I stay up for at least a couple of hours. My reasoning for this is if my body gets used to going to bed as soon as I get home then my last few hours at work make me feel droopy and tired and it tends to hit me at about 2 or 3 in the morning.

    When I worked days I would wake up 1.5 hours before I had to be to work so I try to hold this schedule for night shifts as well.
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    My problem is at work, come 0100/0200 or so, even WITH a good amount of sleep, I just feel like I'm going to fall over!
    Is this right after your lunch break? Is this a point in your shift when all of your tasks are done and you have a little downtime? The reason I ask is because for me on night shift, I try to always keep moving. If my patients are all dialed in, I'm checking with my co-workers to see what I can help out with. If they don't need anything, I'm restocking. You get the picture. I find that my nights where I sit around is when I feel the most exhausted and struggle to stay awake on the drive home.
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    Quote from yooper13
    My problem is at work, come 0100/0200 or so, even WITH a good amount of sleep, I just feel like I'm going to fall over! I don't understand it...just waiting to get used to it, I guess. Thanks for the replies!
    I sleep during the day even on my days off. i cant switch back to a normal schedule even when I try. I usually get about 8 hrs of sleep before work. I get tired around that time too, but I try and keep busy. I use that time to get my baths done or stock the rooms for the next day. Just walking around and staying busy usually helps me get past that hump. It does take a few months to really adjust to night shift. Good luck!
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    Best advice I can give you is try to get all your 3-days (if you work twelve hour shifts) in a row so that you can be a nocturnal peep for 3/7 of the week and then reset if you wish. I try and work 4 shifts a week as I'm prepping for NP school, so I take whatever I can get, but i will tell you that the weeks I have them in a row, I do everything better, I'm less exhausted, and things work well.

    I agree w/ the blackout shades and such, try and trick your body to thinking it is night when you go to bed -- my friend Hilary used to sleep in the darkest room of her house to mimic the night time atmosphere. My boss always has one cup of coffee a night, but no more, and she eats very healthy. Keep those synapses filled with healthy food and drinks, exercise if you can when you get off shift in the AM, then hit the sack.

    Helps me a lot, works out well and it gets easier over time! You'll get the hang of it! Congrats at the new job and best of luck.


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