Hi - our 12 hour shifts are 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. I get up at 1:45 a.m. and am home by 3:15. The two hours that get to me are usually after 5 a.m. We've assessed all the patients and gotten ready for the docs and there is usually some down time and I get really sleepy.
Not sure there is an answer to this . . .12 hours is a long time. Although my husband doesn't understand that being a farmer/logger . . . you work till the job is done and while the sun shines and after, which means 15-16 hours days. He isn't very sympathetic to my whining.
I always say I want to work 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and get paid for 12 hours. . . . .
I like being home by the time my kids get home though . .even if I'm exhausted, I'm here.
Not much help, I know. I do take a walk outside in the fresh air if I find myself getting really sleepy. Watch the sun come up. Do some jumping jacks. Get more coffee . . . .