night shift questionRegister Today!
- by Jenni811 Nov 13, '11So i've been working as a nurse since 2010, little over a year. i was originally hired for 8 hour day/pm rotation, but after i got offered the position they changed me to 12 hour day. Well now, the night shifters were complaining of never being given the opportunity to do days. which changed up EVERYONE schedule. Not that i really care all that much, some are making a big stink about it and 5 actually left. yikes!
So i don't mind working nights, i do all right. But i feel like CRAP when i am at work. I don't really feel "tired", but i feel nauseated, lightheaded, just down right blah!!! I don't eat when i work nights because i feel so nauseated that i just can't get myself to do it. I sleep well during the day, i have NOOOOOO issues with sleeping. i could sleep all day if i let myself, and i wake up whenever i need to with no problem.
Is this a normal feeling with night shift people or am i the only one that ever feels this way? my coworkers will complain of just being tired and excited to go to bed, but i just feel like Crud, only word i can use to describe it!
any suggestions on making me not feel so cruddy?? Anything that has worked for anyone else. (I don't drink coffee).
- Nov 13, '11 by Asystole RNExercise while you are off work and pay close attention to your eating habits. Night shift has a tendency to make you eat poorly and at odd times.
- Nov 13, '11 by umcRNugh, I don't really have any advice but just letting you know you're not the only one. I left a perm day position to try something new but had to agree to rotating. I hate night shift, I have never done well with it, and I feel like you, sick, nauseous, headachy, I almost always come down with a bad head cold, I feel like I literally sleep for days when I'm not working. Starting my next four weeks of nights tomorrow...ugh :-(
- Nov 13, '11 by glutton4punishmentwow, if nights are affecting you that adversely, you should change shifts asap.
I worked nights for a few months, long enough to get used to it, and long enough to realize that it def. takes a toll on your body.
- Nov 13, '11 by RxOnlyI've worked nights regularly for over a year and those first few months were brutal on my stomach. Pain/gas/nausea/etc... I think my body adjusted over time. Some day shift nurses make the same GI complaints when they work nights. I think the key is to get yourself on as regular a schedule as possible. Also invest in a bottle of TUMS And if you can't get yourself to eat, at least have some fluids.
There are nights when I eat everything in sight, and nights when I don't eat anything at all- and I feel the same either way. Probably because I'm so used to it. One thing that always feels good on night shift is a cold salad and ice water. Or a few grapes straight from the fridge. Something about cold food overnight is refreshing!
Are you going to be on night shift from now on, or just rotating?
- Nov 13, '11 by sapphire18I used to feel the exact same way when I started doing nights; it's your body protesting that you should be asleep right now! Not running around with your brain on high alert. I would also (and sometimes still do) get REALLY cold all of a sudden at 3 or 4 am. As for how to feel better, try your best to force small amounts of food that you think your stomach can handle- crackers, yogurt, applesauce, plain bagel- and just eat small amounts every so often. The not eating will perpetuate the nausea. I happen to have a rx for an anti-emetic r/t migraines and honestly that helped a lot when starting back on nights this time around. My other advice (which I need to start taking myself!) is to continue to get some exercise on your days off, it will just overall help your body function better. It may take a few months but you'll get used to it!
- Nov 13, '11 by umcRNanother thing I do that helps...but don't know if you are able to, is to schedule my nights all together with as much time off in between as possible. I work 3 12's a week so for instance this week I am working mon/tue/wed night then off until next week wed/thur/fri night. I don't do well with on off on when it's night shifts