Night Shift For Newbies - page 2

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most of us donít get much choice over whether or not we work nights, although we might get a choice about when. we also get a choice about how we handle our night rotations. there are plusses and minuses to working eight hour... Read More


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    When I worked nights (not in nursing), the thing that helped me the most was keeping the same hours even on my days off. Long story short: would sleep during the day and stay awake at night. If I had to do something during the day, I either scheduled it before 10am or waited for the late afternoon/early evening.

    I had tried to go back to a day existence on my days off but I found that I lost not one but two days in trying to transition. So it was easier for me to adapt the vampire existence. However, also keep in mind that I lived in NYC at the time, where it is possible to sleep all day, be awake all night and still have plenty of things to do to make life interesting

    I love working nights, I just wish my current circumstances would allow it. Oh well.
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    Great article!

    I love going shopping at wee hours of the morning (no customers) and getting housework and time to myself when the rest of the world sleeps.

    As far as converting to sleeping at night with the rest of the family on your off days.......I go straight to work on my last three day stretch, nap for about 3 hrs. Get up, keep myself busy and go to sleep that night with them.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    When I worked nights (not in nursing), the thing that helped me the most was keeping the same hours even on my days off. Long story short: would sleep during the day and stay awake at night. If I had to do something during the day, I either scheduled it before 10am or waited for the late afternoon/early evening.

    I had tried to go back to a day existence on my days off but I found that I lost not one but two days in trying to transition. So it was easier for me to adapt the vampire existence. However, also keep in mind that I lived in NYC at the time, where it is possible to sleep all day, be awake all night and still have plenty of things to do to make life interesting

    I love working nights, I just wish my current circumstances would allow it. Oh well.
    I too, was a vampire when I worked nights. Unlike you, I don't live in NYC....but I did my best cooking and baking when everyone was asleep. I haven't worked nights regularly since the late 70s, but even now after I'm retired from "real" nursing....if I cant sleep....I'll get up and bake a pie.

    I loved nights too, but I liked being a grandmother more.....hence why I stopped.

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    Thanks for all the tips. I am scared about the drive home more than anything else. I have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. Does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?
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    Quote from sahmstudent
    thanks for all the tips. i am scared about the drive home more than anything else. i have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?
    i get sleepy as soon as i hit the interstate. so either i avoid the interstate or i talk to someone on the phone while i'm driving -- with a hands-free headset of course.
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    thanks for the reassuring words Ive learnt a lot from you, I'm not particularly a fan of the night shift,
    but Ive learnt to cope either ways whenever i have to do my night shift.
    I work in a facility where we run both day and night shifts, and i seriously remember those moments when i say long prayers just because am about to begin my shift, but good enough those days are over as ive learnt to adjust with time.
    you leave when the others are just about to start their work, just about the time when the heat is
    on
    As for snacking its a "NO" for me i eat more of fruits and veggies, with plenty of fluids.
    while driving home i chew gum to keep me alert and play good music.
    Last edit by opjewel on Feb 15, '11
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    Question: I'm trying to figure out how to revert back to a regular sleep schedule on my days off. Is it better to sleep through the day and then try to sleep through the next night? Or do ya'll just stay up all day after your last night shift and then sleep through the night? Where I live is not interesting enough to make me want to keep the vampire lifestyle, lol. Me and Benadryl are BFFs
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    I have to switch back and forth so on my last day off I sleep for a few hours (usually 4-5) and then go to bed around 2230 that night. Sometimes it takes a while to fall asleep but if I can get a good 5 hours of sleep in that first night off I'm at least functional the next day.
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    Quote from Cobweb
    Working nights, I got very little sun exposure, and was surprised to find out that my Vitamin D level was in the sub-basement, despite the fact that I take Viactiv. You might like to talk to your doctor about taking some extra Vitamin D--it really made me feel a LOT better.

    I have the same exact problem too! I bet this a more common occurrence with night shift nurses. I actually forgot about my doctor telling me about 6 months ago that my vitamin D level was low, so thanks for the reminder!
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    I love making 11,232 dollars more base pay as a night shifter...that, and not having certain nuisances breathing over my neck!


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