regarding shift work and insomnia?

  1. :zzzzz :zzzzz :zzzzz

    Hey, this is somethin' micro has been experiencin', but kept thinkin' it was unique to micro exclusively, but i yet again was wrong......

    so hey what about it.............


    poll ?????

    does your shift work and/or the work itself make it difficult for you to sleep?

    micro loves all of you and micro is not above or too proud to say i value the conversation of allnurses.com
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  2. Poll: insomnia.....what causes it for you?

    • nursing in any way shape or form

      47.06% 8
    • by boyfriend, done me wrong, man'

      5.88% 1
    • life in general

      47.06% 8
    • other, and please lets talk about it'

      17.65% 3
    17 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 8 Comments

  4. by   micro
    k'

    of course as the starter of this thread, i could turn it into much of but nonsense.....

    but instead.....????? here.....

    does your work life and hours delfect and reflect upon your personal life.......

    i for example........work second shift at this point in time........
    and when i get home i cannot just drop into bed and sleep............

    firstshifter's.........i have been there and done that....but people are getting tired of micro dialogue.........

    thirdshifter's........now you all have my blessing and my kumbyyah's....................cause i used to do these hours, but think i might as well be planted now, than to do them again, but maybe i am wrong...............

    insomnia......or maybe it is a whole 'nother subject............

    micro and i am sure at least of a couple of other people.........
    any taker's.........
  5. by   thisnurse
    i have a terrible time sleeping at night since i work third shift. makes swinging over to daylight twice as hard.
    i think mgmt knows this. i think its a form of mind control like a cult.
    i love my job i love my job i love my job i love my job i love my job
  6. by   lever5
    Micro,

    I hate working two shifts, I hate getting up at 430 am, so I work 7p to 7a. I sleep well during the days if I have air cond. and benadryl.
  7. by   indeed
    I've had bouts of insomnia as far back as I can remember, and it doesn't matter what shift I am living. I am actually in the middle of one now. I will go for 3 or 4 months with no problems, and then a 2-4 week period where I can't sleep for more than a couple hours a day. It sucks but there's not a lot I can do. I have tried everything under the sun that isn't prescription...benedryl, 5-HTP, breathing exercises, reading....everything short of alcohol consumption (afraid it will work and BOOM...I will have to depend on it). The only thing that seems to help is working twelve hour shifts. I'll come home from those and get about 4 hours of sleep due to sheer exhaustion. Other than that, I don't have any answers. Arh well.

    Indeed.
  8. by   ERNurse752
    I have screwed up sleep patterns from working nights, and then flipping back to days on my off time. I end up sleeping for a few hours at a time, and then feel like crap all the time. Sleep great when I work though. Unless I'm all stressed out about something at work (which never happens in nursing!)
  9. by   shay
    My sleep patterns are almost comical they're so screwy. I have to take rx drugs (not narcs....a different non-addictive kind) to put me to sleep. I have been up for 32 hrs. straight and still not able to sleep.........

    Guess I'm just a spaz.
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by shay
    My sleep patterns are almost comical they're so screwy. I have to take rx drugs (not narcs....a different non-addictive kind) to put me to sleep. I have been up for 32 hrs. straight and still not able to sleep.........

    Guess I'm just a spaz.
    I sleep about 4 hours, get up for a couple, then if I can, I'll go back to bed for a "nap" before I go to work.
    Still, about once a month, I just won't be able to sleep for nuthin.'
    It's annoying as heck.

    However.... I will share my latest surefire cure. I say to myself, remember when you were going to memorize all those meds pertaining to ______ ?? and I take the pharm book, read about a page, start yawning, and....presto! naptime!

    Also used to work to turn on the Catholic channel, but while I found it soothing, hubby said it was very annoying and made me promise not to do that again. :chuckle:
  11. by   zumalong
    Micro---you are not alone. I don't think I have had a solid nights sleep in years. I might sleep 3-4 hours or sleep 2 then wake up around 1am or so and read for an hour--then sleep another 3. I don't do nights anymore cuz I was totally unable to sleep during the day. I would feel so sick to my stomach at about 4am when I was working.

    Maybe if I could have worked for a few hours, slept for a few hours, and then finished working--I could have been a great night shift person. My life is lived for naps. 2-4pm you will find me cuddled up to my pillows for an afternoon siesta. (don't know what I will do when my kids outgrow naps!!!!!!)

    Sleep well--Cheryl

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