Night Shift off Nights - page 2
by nrse20 2,512 Views | 11 Comments
I'm about a month into my night shift schedule. I have no problems staying up at work, sleep well during the day and am learning a lot. The problem lies on my nights off. I keep waking up at 2/2:30 am (about the time I eat... Read More
- 0Nov 21, '11 by turnforthenurseRNI am constantly battling a messed up sleep schedule thanks to night shift. Some people stay on their night schedule indefinitely, even on their days off. I will stay on it if I have a day off in-between shifts (or "day and a half") but otherwise I usually end up with 4-6 days off so I switch back and forth.
I find myself waking up between 2-4am A LOT. It doesn't matter how tired I feel before going to bed...I will just wake up between that time and I will be wide awake. I try to go back to sleep but that doesn't usually happen...so I just get up. Get some FB/AN time in, do some cleaning/laundry/whatever. I usually always take a little nap mid-day (I try to limit it to an hour). I try to go to bed no earlier than 10 or 11pm because if I go to sleep earlier, I wake up earlier in the night. Sometimes the only way for me to sleep through an entire night is using Benadryl or Unisom, but I try to limit their use.
- 0Nov 21, '11 by shakedwnst924I feel your pain! I hated waking up at 2am on my days off, used to happen all the time
when I worked nights. Melatonin might be worth a shot. If that doesn't work for ya, don't feel bad if you need to get a script for Ambien or Restoril or something PRN as a last resort. Do what works for you & do what you gotta do to get the sleep you need & stay healthy!