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- Nov 16, '12 by beekerDark room, Benadryl, melatonin when you can't sleep. I like to have a fan running the noise helps block out the neighborhood noise. I can't tolerate earplugs. I like the nice soft sleep masks. In the beginning I had to stick to the schedule on my off days to get my body used to it. I stayed up as late as I could on my nights off. If. Flipped back to a day schedule it messed me up for weeks. Turn your phone off. Put a sign on your door not to knock. Tape over the doorbell. Tin foil actually does work best. I don't care what my neighbors think of me. They know I work nights.
- Nov 16, '12 by uRNmywayI'll agree with the other posters. Melatonin works very well to help you unwind. Blackout shades/curtains. Some kind of white noise. I've had colleagues who purchased a portable UV lamp to keep at their seat at the nurses station. That way, their body got the 'sunlight' it needs, then you take melatonin before bed, simulating that regular cycle. Have a small snack before you crash, that way you won't be waking up at lunchtime because you are starving. Don't come home and turn on the tv or computer, maybe read a bit, but no electronics or stuff that could stimulate you. And try not to switch your schedule around too much on your days off, it will just mess with you too bad. I know it is tempting, because you will want to be able to hang out with friends and family. What you can do is something like this:
On work days, shift from 7pm to 7am. You usually get up at say...4pm to get ready and get to work on time. After work, get home and in bed by 9am-ish.
On first day off, get home from work, go to bed at 9-ish. Get up around 1-2pm. You got 5 hours or so of sleep. Up until, say, 3-4am.
If you can keep that kind of schedule on your days off, you won't mess up your sleep/wake cycle too badly.
- Nov 16, '12 by Emilynn09Quote from RunnerRN2b2014I have an HOA too... I haven't read the book yet since I haven't moved in yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if that was in there too.
My HOA would send me a letter as soon as the foil was on the windows. Foil on windows is not allowed in my neighborhood--it's mentioned specifically in our HOA handbook.
I'm hoping I can get some good dark shades? With blinds and dark curtains over. Hopefully that'll do it.
- Nov 25, '12 by windsurfer8One thing...I worked nights a long time ago and I got horrible reflux. I only did it for 6 months and never again. The one part I learned from a sleep doc is that while sleep masks help, light energy is absorbed through the skin. So the body still is going through the same processes it does during the day and deep normal "sleep" is not happening. So making the room as dark as possible is ESSENTIAL. Use the mask, but make sure you are in the darkest room possible. I actually started sleeping in my basement with just one little window which was easy to cover up. All I know is thank god I will never have to go through that again. I do appreciate the people who do it because I have no idea how they do it.
- Nov 25, '12 by Emilynn09Yikes! Hopefully I don't have that hard of a time. Ill be required to do nights for a year before switching to days.