I have worked nights most of the time that I've worked (20+ yrs) and I like it. I think you either are someone who can adapt to it or aren't. I've known of some nurses that just cannot adjust, but I find it 'fits' my own clock. I work 7p-7a 4 days a week in ER. If you've never worked nights, give it a fair shot, at least 2 weeks. This will help you to realize whether it's just the switch that's hard, or whether it's not for you. I honestly don't think there's anything that can 'prepare' you for working nights, though I've heard of lots of strategies. The chief thing I have learned is NOT to try to schedule 'normal' activities in the daytime!!! DON'T try to do all your usual appointments and important tasks when you should be sleeping! You are ENTITLED to sleep for 8 hours per 24, though I think most of us get somewhat less than that (avg 6). Let everyone know that you are a night worker and that your sleep time is not 'just a nap'. Day ppl (dentists,schools
, bill collectors, etc. ) do not understand this. You'll just have to turn the phone off. Some night folks stay up after work then sleep until time to get ready for work, this doesn't work for me. I sleep as soon as I get home and do my 'home stuff' when I get up in the afternoon. It's been 'different' for my family, but they've all adjusted beautifully, my oldeds 2 kids are grown and out of the house and don't seem to have suffered too much. (Though when they were little, I got VERY LITTLE sleep, I think that everybody who has little kids gets less sleep anyways) I really wish you all the best! I like nights, and I like night people. We have a hard and responsible job that we manage to do while most folks are asleep. Good Luck!