Night Shift And Cancer - page 3

"The researchers studied 78,586 women taking part in a long-running program called the Nurses' Health Study. The nurses who worked night shifts at least three times a month for 15 years or more had a... Read More

  1. by   Teshiee
    I love nights! I tried to work days and found myself worse off in fact I was suffering from more migraines fatigue you name it. I love nights. Only God knows when it is time for me to come home.
  2. by   hogan4736
    Benadryl is all that you should ever need...

    just use it in moderation...

    I discovered it 8 years ago, and 25 mgs STILL knocks me out (1 hour after taking it) AND gives me great sleep to boot
  3. by   FROGGYLEGS
    I've tried Benadryl and it honestly does not touch me. I can take as much Benadryl, Phenergan etc as I like without feeling a thing.

    My husband swears that Benadryl gives him a hangover.
  4. by   Chiaramonte
    I have worked nights for....a total of 30 years. First as a Unit Clerk, CNA and then as an RN. I have never smoked, drink alcohol in moderation ,went through menopause without even knowing it [no hot flashes!] and am fit as a fiddle. I keep active with biking, hiking, fishing and trying to keep up with my active daughters that I had in my early and middle 40's.
    I sleep well during the day and take melatonin to adjust my sleep pattern if I have any difficulty at all. I find melatonin is a kinder gentler sleep aid than benadryl which leaves me groggy.
    I think the key to good health is balance and keeping active. Watch the youth in their movement...they're always about movement!!
    I personally worked 2 years as a 9-5 no w/e or holidays, Neuro Coordinator for 2 years. They were the most devastating stressful 2 years of my life. I was always sick, my bp was always high and I was just miserable and cranky. Talk about fast track and stress. Attempting to get everything done in my 8 hours and having only the weekend to get all house duties done was the pits for me. I hated all the rituals of the day shift and all the people mulling around, in my way and preventing me from getting my duties completed.
    I would take the little quirks to working nights anytime!! Night people are discriminated upon by management and at times looked down on by the "day babes". But we are are a close knit group with common goals. We get the work done thoroughly and efficiently with the fewest amount of people. I am the only RN on in the ER at night with a great couple of EDT's on staff.
    As you can tell, I've melded the night life into my lifestyle and will remain there until I retire. These studies are a pain in my butt and I have a tendency to give them no credability. You can make them say anything you want them to.
    Bottom line is that you all have to find your own balance and stick to it in spite of what the "studies find".
    Last edit by Chiaramonte on Jun 6, '03
  5. by   Mama Val
    Love nights, hate days
    I am and always have been a night peson, my moods are better at night and I feel more awake and active at night. Now that I live in the Land Of The Midnight Sun and we are on the all day-24 hours a day schedule it really screws me up. I work all different hours now but I still feel better on nights. When I worked days I felt so drained and I didn't feel well. I think I was around to maaaannnyyyy people. Nobody is around at night so less pressure, less stress, less BS and NO SUITS.
    Don't do Benadryl if I can help it. I use Valerian when I need something, mix it with some chamomile tea and the routine helps to relax me before I go to sleep.
    Last edit by Mama Val on Jun 6, '03
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    [i]I am the only RN on in the ER at night with a great couple of EDT's on staff. [/B]
    REALLY? What happens if you have two critical patients at once?

    Wow woman, you are BRAVE, LOL!
  7. by   Chiaramonte
    zoeboboey, thanks for that compliment! If I have too many critical patients, my supervisor is my back-up. The only glitch with that is she also covers OB's newly born babies. That's usually where she is when I have those rare times that I need her.
    Can handle most situations on my "own" with the help of my terrific EDTs...we usually see 8-15 patients at night.
    The only time it gets really harried is when I work with 2 MDs{husband and wife team that share 1 brain}. Then if you have admitting MDs joining in on the fun or have to take those admitting phone orders from physicians who are speaking to their pillows instead of into the phone....give me strength!!!
    Last edit by Chiaramonte on Jun 6, '03
  8. by   healingtouchRN
    this is interesting, because lately I have gone to more funerals of night shift employees who died of cancers!!! weird! Just makes me want to be full time private practice. (dayshift)
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by NightMoonRN

    They only time it gets really harried is when I work with 2 MDs{husband and wife team that share 1 brain}. Then if you have admitting MDs joining in on the fun or have to take those admitting phone orders from physicians who are speaking to their pillows instead of into the phone....give me strength!!!
    YOU are TOO FUNNY, Girl! I loved all of those -- the brain, the pillow --- LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

    Well, call me if you ever need me, I may be there sooner than the supervisor!
  10. by   New CCU RN
    I love night shift!!!!!!!!!! I personally find that I have more time to sleep, exercise, see friends, go to appointments, etc, etc. I don't have children, just a fiance and a puppy.......so when I get home, I sleep...and I ALWAYS make sure I get at least 7 or 8 hrs. I have suffered no physical problems from it, infact, Id get headaches working days from all the commotion......
  11. by   oraibi
    NightMoonRN wrote:

    As you can tell, I've melded the night life into my lifestyle and will remain there until I retire. These studies are a pain in my butt and I have a tendency to give them no credability. You can make them say anything you want them to.
    Bottom line is that you all have to find your own balance and stick to it in spite of what the "studies find".

    hi Moon!

    after reading through all the varied responses to working
    the night shift i am reminded of the danger of generalizing
    in general

    although it may not be the secret of the universe there
    is this thing called a bell curve that looks like like a bell
    sitting on its wide end _/\_

    the essense or meaning is if you apply one formula
    (or circumstance) to a cross section of people, for a few
    people it will be the best thing that ever happened to them,
    for a few people it will be the worst thing, and everyone
    else will fall somewhere in between.

    i see this in shift work and i also witnessed it in nursing school.
    i saw people who i thought would make fine, compassionate
    nurses flunk out becasue of the curriculum . . . and i saw
    cold-hearted people *suceed* who i wouldn't want as my
    nurse if they were the last nurse on earth!

    i think the same goes for studies . . . it makes about as much
    sense to dismiss them out of hand as it does to freak out
    about them . . . the truth most likely lies in the middle somewhere.

    one of our night nurses recently got in a car crash and the
    forensic crash expert said she was probably going 120 mph
    when she flipped her convertible . . . generally these kind
    of accidents occur when a person falls asleep at the wheel
    and their weight goes forward and they lean on the gas pedal

    she was in the ICU for a week and has multiple serious
    trauma injuries and will be out of work for (months?)
    (i feel sorry for her but now i have to pick up some of her
    nights and am not too happy about that)

    so, cancer and heart disease aren't the only risks of sleep
    deprivation . . . they don't call it the *graveyard* shift for
    nothing . . .

    ps . . . im glad there are people who like nights and i hope
    they apply soon so i can give them mine!

    [yawn] |:-O

    ~oraibi
  12. by   oraibi
    Originally posted by angelbear:

    In answer to the sleep aid question, Yes I have taken ambien for over a yr but now d/t change in rx insurance plan it is not an approved drug. So my dr changed me to temazepam It is not working for me. With my fibro, RLS and PLMD it is hard to get my meds regulated therefore it is hard for me to get sleep. For the record my room is completely blacked out I have a fan and I stay on noc's even on my noc's off.

    dear angelbear (and others with F-myalgia)

    i am responding to your situation on list re: fibromyalgia and sleep as i bet there are many more like you out there

    i have a very dear friend who has a serious case of fibromyalgia and know of several people at work who suffer from fibro

    the statistics of the number of people with fibromyalgia are really staggering and i suspect one of the reasons for the sluggish recognition of this disease has to do with the potential healtch costs and disability claims loomng in the numbers

    fibromyalgia groups are becoming more active on the web and if anyone wants to PM me i could try to gather a few web connections to get you started

    best wishes

    ~oraibi
  13. by   nightnurse49
    I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find the higher incidence of colon and rectal cancer is linked to the fact that working night shift messes up your internal body clock and irregularity becomes a factor

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