I have been working on a Med Surg floor @ night for about 8 months now. It's my first job out of nursing school
. For the first several months, I was doing okay keeping a night shift schedule when working, then on my few days off in a row, waking up in the AM to do my phone calls, errands, etc, and then going to bed around 11 PM. Now I try as hard as I can to keep my night shift schedule on all my days off because when I wake up in the morning at a "normal" hour (usually by accident or an appointment of some kind in the morning), I feel tired, nauseous, not motivated, and just end up laying around and being SUPER unproductive. I guess it's because my body is used to my night shift schedule by now and is telling my not to stray from it. But can anyone tell me technically what is going on with my body/hormones/internal clock/etc. Do some of you nurses that work night shift feel this way when you are awake in the morning/early afternoon? Is it like jet lag minus the plane/real time zone change? Thanks so much for any advice!