Nightshift -days off - page 3

I have been a nightshift nurse for about 2 years now. I easily adjusted to nights within my first week of switching and have never felt fatigued on nights. For my first year I had the best of both... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    My dad worked nights for the better part of twenty years. When he retired, he was unable to adjust. It made for a limited, less than satisfying existence for him and my mom. My only suggestion is for you to evaluate your situation and to make concrete plans to make the switch if you don't want to end up in a night shift trap for the rest of your life. Nightowl may be acceptable for some, but not for most. It will be so much easier to change a pattern while you are young enough for your body to adjust.
  2. by   suzystrempke
    Quote from lindseylpn
    I've been on nights for 13 years and I can usually switch back and forth pretty easily. I sleep at night on my days off and the day before I go back to work I'll take a few hour nap before going in. On my first day off I'll take a few hour nap during the day and then go to bed at night. Every so often though I'll have a couple of weeks to months where I just can't adjust. I'll sleep during the day at those times (or sometimes day and night) and then my body will readjust itself back to my normal schedule. It's like a cycle for me.

    My husband also works nights (5 eights) and on his days off he splits his sleep between days and nights, like 4-6 hours during the day then several hours at night or vice versa.
    Lindseylpn - I am the exact same way! I was wondering if anyone else was able to switch back and forth like I do. I seem to be the only person at my job that does. Glad to know I'm not the only one :-)
  3. by   SICUmurseCCRN
    i work nights and i love it but i agree the sleeping part can be challenging. most people i know flip back and forth but i am unable to do that. i tend to sleep 4am-11am when I'm off so when i go back to work i don't have to adjust my schedule too much and this works great for me. on my first day off i sleep 6 hours 9a-3p and i am still able to go to sleep at 4am. i used to only sleep 3-4 hours after work and try to go to bed at 10pm but it never worked and i always felt awful. of course i still have times when i feel tired on my days off but for the most part i do not.

    good luck!

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