I have been working the Night Shift in a LTC for about one month, as a Charge Nurse. I'm having a hard time with sleeping during the day. I have my room dark, I have the fan on, etc. (My children are grown, my husband is supportive of my work, so that isn't the problem.) I can only sleep until 12:30 and then I'm wide awake.
Someone suggested that if you work nights, to keep the same sleep and awake schedule on your days off, as you do when you are working. It's suppose to be easier to adjust to working nights and sleeping days. I tend to only sleep a few hours on my first day off, so I can sleep that night. For those who do stay on schedule, how do you handle staying up while the world sleeps on your days off? What kinds of things do you do, while your family sleeps? What are your ideas to make this time, productive, enjoyable, less lonely, etc? How can staying awake at night be more fun or inviting? This sleepy nurse loves her job, so I want to adjust to nights. Please help.
Aug 16, '03
Originally posted by traumaRUs
I've worked nights for 10 years now. I work 12 hours shifts - so three a week. My kids are also grown. For the first shift, I get up early in the morning (about 5 am) do my chores, study (I'm doing a BSN/MSN online) and nap from noon to 4 pm, get up and go to work. The next day, I come home, read for 15 minutes and sleep from 8:15 to 3 or 3:30, get up have dinner, study (quickly) and go to work. On the last shift I sleep 5 hours and get up so that I can sleep at night. I have to keep a rigid schedule though otherwise I'm beat! This has worked for me. Since my husband works days and I have other activities during the day, I don't stay up all night on my nights off...good luck...judi
Your getting about 16 hours sleep in three days. That's what I need in two. That kind of pattern kills me. Of course you make up for it by sleeping at night on days off, but that's a lot of flipflopping.
But I've found different people do different things.
Like today, I'm so busy with chorse, I've slept a couple of hours and am up. But at the end of the day I'll be wasted, and probably will be wasted for a couple of days.
Last edit by Tweety on Aug 16, '03