How long did it take to get use to working nights?

  1. 0 Hello, I am thinking about taking a 7p-7a job. Problem is I have only worked 7-3, 3-11, and 7a-7p. I want to know how long did it take you to adjust to being awake overnight? How do you stay up and energized during this shift? This shift would work out best for my family situation so I am really considering it. Any advice is appreciated
  2. Visit  Mrs. SnowStormRN profile page

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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I am naturally a nocturnal person and a late bird, so I adjusted to night shift immediately.

    I worked day shift (Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 2:00pm) and my body never became adjusted to awakening that early in the day. I wouldn't fully be awake and functioning until after 10:00am.

    I don't really need to do anything extra to stay awake during nights. I automatically seem to remain awake and alert. I typically awaken at 4:30pm, report to work at 6:00pm, clock out at about 6:30am, and fall asleep after around 9:00am.
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  4. Visit  RI Nurse profile page
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    I am sorry I can't answer your question, I am a new grad still looking for a job and I never worked night shifts before.
    How do you guys post your questions here, I am new to this website and I have a lot of questions to ask our expert nurses, but I don't seem to know how to post.
    any help will be really appreciated.
    thanks
  5. Visit  ashfost profile page
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    [B]My ; I oriented on 7a-7p for four months during my residency then had to switch over to 7p-7a. The first 1-2 mths were kinda rough. I didn't have a problem staying awake @ work but my on off days ALL I wanted to do was sleep!!!. It was very aggravating because I felt I couldn't get anything done outside of working. Nonetheless, I stuck w/ it (about 3-4 mths in total after starting) and things are much better. I work my days 3-on/ 4-off and that really helps too. My advice is to try to work your days 3 in a row from the very start. You may be tired @ first but you'll get the hang of it. Your body will have a more consistent schedule to get used to.
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  6. Visit  Mrs. SnowStormRN profile page
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    Quote from RI Nurse
    I am sorry I can't answer your question, I am a new grad still looking for a job and I never worked night shifts before.
    How do you guys post your questions here, I am new to this website and I have a lot of questions to ask our expert nurses, but I don't seem to know how to post.
    any help will be really appreciated.
    thanks
    Hi. Click Nurses tab at the top, pick an area that will fit the thread you want to post, hit New Thread and go from there. GOOD LUCK in your studies!
  7. Visit  Bhavana profile page
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    Ugh. Great question. I am doing 12 hr shift clinicals right now as a student, and let me tell you, even if I manage to sleep half the day to prepare myself, it is BRUTAL!! By the time 3am rolls around, I want to cry. I am also on a very quiet floor, nothing going on, which I think makes it worse. The other seasoned nurses don't seem to handle it much better, they struggle at times to stay awake as well.

    To be honest, it isn't normal to be up all night. It goes against the natural law of the universe! Staying busy helps, but it probably takes a long time to not feel like it is torture. And even then, it is probably, for most people, not an easy shift. ESPECIALLY with the 12 hour shift. 11 to 7 is easier.
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  8. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    I am also nocturnal, so night shift is easy. I find days to be unnatural, because for one thing, I hate having to force myself to go to bed early. If you are going to work nights successfully though, you need to sleep during the day. Some people try to do all sorts of things, then work at night. That's how you get burned out faster.
  9. Visit  honeykrown profile page
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    it took me 2years to get used to it (I cant say i am completely used to it et), well i guess it due to the fact that i only sleep 3hrs during the day because i could never sleep during the day.

    You need to know if you are a night person or day person
  10. Visit  pers profile page
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    Like a couple of others, it was an easy adjustment for me. I spent a year on dayshift and never did get used to it. I couldn't fall asleep early enough and was far from my "best" (both in personality and function) for the first several hours of my shift.

    For those I've seen struggle with sleeping during the day, melatonin and herbal teas can help. Making the room very dark and developing a strict bedtime routine generally helps the most though. To stay awake at night, some swear by coffee, others by energy drinks but most of us are so busy you don't have much time to think about being tired though!
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  11. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    I'm one RN in LTC, so I'm too busy to be tired at night. There is a period from 0430 to 0500 where I do start to feel tired, but then I am ok again, since we start waking people up to wash them. I can't see myself ever wanting days, but it does depend on you. Some people are not cut out for nights. I don't need caffeine at night, either.
  12. Visit  MJB2010 profile page
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    I never got used to it. I had a terrible time trying to sleep during the day. I did however do better when working 3 in a row because after that first 12 I could go home and go right to sleep, after the second it was even easier to sleep, and by the third I was out cold. That 4th day was a total loss after 3 though.

    The first shift of the week was always tough though!
  13. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    Are you a day or night person OP?

    I won't work nights, I know me very well. I'm a morning person and have no problem being up at 530am. By 1030 at night I'm ready to be in bed.
  14. Visit  Mrs. SnowStormRN profile page
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    Quote from itsmejuli
    Are you a day or night person OP?

    I won't work nights, I know me very well. I'm a morning person and have no problem being up at 530am. By 1030 at night I'm ready to be in bed.
    Ive never had to really be up all night, but I HATE being up in the am. It has always been hard for me to get up in the mornings and go to work. When 8hr shifts were still going on 3-11 was my best friend, but I dont know if having a history of working 3-11 will be beneficiary - other than the fact that I could never go straight to sleep after work, but I would go to bed around 3am. geez! I really need to think about this.


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