[QUOTE]Originally posted by Chellyse66:
[QB]Here are a few tricks I use.
First try to schedule your nights in a cluster, back to back. I put up darkening shades in my bedroom and have bought a soothing noise machine (rain is my favorite and it drowns out the kids lol)
If you need to take sleep aids the best is melatonin or tylenol pm.
I never did have problems with my room being too light; after a 12 hour night shift, I could fall asleep propped against a wall somewhere. I did find a noise machine helpful, although beware the "babbling brook" setting, as it always made me wake up having to pee
Turning off the phone is a definite must. For sleep aids, I found the B&B combo (beer and benadryl) to be quite useful when I had been off for a few nights and had to try and sleep in the afternoon to get ready for my first night back on. Don't take more than 25 mg if you go for the "combo" or if you can't sleep at least 8 hours, or you will be too groggy when you get up. I am sure I was the talk of my neighborhood when I would sit out on my deck in a bathrobe drinking beer at 8 in the morning
Be careful driving home in the mornings. If I was REALLY tired, I would make sure not to use the BR before leaving, and the bladder pain would keep me awake on the drive
Roll down the windows and crank up the tunes; the last thing you want to do is die from falling asleep at the wheel in broad daylight