Sleep

  1. Do you get any S&S when you don't get enough sleep? I find I get a rapid heartbeat.

    Also, I get irritable, nauseated, and my blood sugar goes haywire. Then, I reach a point where I can't sleep even if I want to and have the opportunity.

    Ah, the joys of shift work. :spin:

    An observation: Naps are not cumulative. You need at least 5 or 6 hours of interrupted sleep for it to really help.
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  3. by   ERRNTraveler
    I take 2 Benadryl about an hour before I want to go to sleep- works great!
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    2 beers....

    I have just learned to get by with 4 hours some days...
  5. by   philosophical
    I have used 50mg Trazodone nightly since April 2004 (the birth of my first child). I had severe PPD and couldn't sleep AT ALL!!! Trazodone is gentle enough to make me relaxed and sleepy, but I don't feel hung over in the morning. Best of luck to you. I know how it feels to not be able to sleep!
  6. by   ebear
    Benadryl (and all antihistamines) make me so hyper I end up pacing all night! I wish I could find SOMETHING that works! The smell of alcohol makes me nauseous!!!
  7. by   sleepyndopey
    I work 2 doubles(16 hours) in a row every week. If I'm lucky I get 5 hours of sleep between them. I find I am fully functional for my second double but on the day after the two doubles I am completely non-functional. I get very hungry and irritable. My husband just leaves me alone and waits for me to recover and get back to my normal self.
  8. by   MisMatch
    I am in school during the day, and work night shift. Like ebear, Benedryl makes me hyper and keeps me from falling asleep.

    Tylenol PM or Advil PM are my lifesavers when I need to sleep on demand.
  9. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from TrudyRN
    Do you get any S&S when you don't get enough sleep? I find I get a rapid heartbeat.

    Also, I get irritable, nauseated, and my blood sugar goes haywire. Then, I reach a point where I can't sleep even if I want to and have the opportunity.

    Ah, the joys of shift work. :spin:

    An observation: Naps are not cumulative. You need at least 5 or 6 hours of interrupted sleep for it to really help.
    I'm a student, so I'm not referring to shift work. But yes, when I'm sleep deprived, I definitely have the rapid, pounding heart. It can be really distressing. The only thing that stops it is a full night's sleep.

    I mentioned this to my NP, and she didn't seem to recognize that sleep deprivation could affect HR. So I thought this was unique to me. Interesting that you bring this up.
  10. by   TrudyRN
    Doesn't Tylenol PM contain Benadryl?

    I alternate between Benadryl, Trazadone, Ambien, and Flexeril because taking any of them more than 2 days in a row renders that med ineffective unless I skip that particular med for a couple of days.

    But 95% of the time I take nothing and just deal with it. I get a couple hours' nap in the morning, usually, then maybe another 3 or 4 later. Then, thankfully, it's my day off and I get enough sleep to feel human.

    Yes, the tachycardia tells us we must sleep, no matter what has to go by the wayside.
  11. by   Ms Kylee
    I get migraines if I don't sleep..also nauseated to the point where I feel like I'm going to vomit. I need at least 7 hours a night to function like a normal human.

    A nice warm bath with lavender bubble bath or body wash does wonders when nothing else will... and a cup of hot chocolate helps a lot too
  12. by   ElvishDNP
    I get tachy too - like 150s-160s.
    I get a bad bad headache, sometimes with nausea. It's not migraine, just 'need sleep.'
    Very grumpy. Can't deal with loud noise.

    I feel your pain, Trudy.
  13. by   leslie :-D
    i just switched to nocs, a couple of wks ago.
    and boy, is it catching up to me.
    no physical symptoms, except for a gen'l heaviness in movement.
    i am just plain cranky, cranky, cranky.
    and i've been writing words in 3 more often.

    leslie
  14. by   eandgsma
    Glad you brought this up. I just started my preceptorship for school and its my first time doing nights. I asked for it because of the kids and because the job I was hired for after school ends is a nights position. My first night I made it through but about 5am I was crashing. Anyway, any tips on how to take a nap before the first shift of the week? I'm working 7p-7a tonight so its the first night of the week. I tried to nap but I had the rapid HR and couldn't sleep. Any tips???

    Thanks!

    N

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