I'm new at night shift also. I am a day person, but the facility (LTC) I applied to only had a night shift position also. I'm having a hard time adjusting to nights, I have been grumpy and close to tears at home, before the shift. I like this LTC, and the night shift pay, so I really want to give this a try, without the bad moods. I asked for some advice from a nurse at our LTC who has worked nights there for 14 years. She told me what she did to adjust. She comes home from work and eats a normal breakfast and watches TV or reads before she goes to bed, until she is sleepy. Then she wakes up around 12 or 1 p.m. and tinkers around the house, whatever. She said she continues her "fast", since the normal person doesn't eat while sleeping, until 5:00. She just has coffee with cream and sugar, and maybe a lite snack. The body has to have a fasting time, so you don't have stomach problems. At 5:00 she eats dinner with her husband. Then takes a nap from around 6:00 until 9:00. Gets up and gets ready for work. Also she advises to eat a real meal on night shift around 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. On her days off she sleeps until noon and skips the evening nap. and sleeps like regular people that night. On the night she goes back to work she takes the evening nap. I plan to try her advise this week, I go back to work tonight, after only one day off...ugh! I hope it works, if it doesn't, I'll start looking for a day job.