Want help with Insomnia working Day Shift - page 2
by medsurgrnco 1,531 Views | 14 Comments
I recently started working 12 hr day shifts, after working 12 hr nights for several years. I am naturally a night person, and prefer going to bed at midnight or later. I have insomnia prior to working each day shift, but sleep... Read More
- 0Dec 1, '08 by NeveranurseagainQuote from BradleyRNI would love to use marijuana as a sleep aid (I'm in CA) but am afraid I will fail a urine drug screen. And now that they shut down all the clinics in Kern County, I would have to travel almost 3 hrs one way to a clinic in LA. So the Federal Government has decided to deny me access to a safe, effective inexpensive drug that works! I will never work as an RN again (see my first thread) but other jobs require drug screens.I certainly do not recommend sleeping pills, because they reduce the amount of REM sleep, which is what we need the most in the first place. Also, taking pills carry a risk of addiction and can lead to liver damage. Since you are in California, they now prescribe marijuana for insomnia. There are few side effects, not including sleep-walking or sleep-driving, no risk of kidney or liver damage, and it is not physically addictive.
- 0Dec 1, '08 by medsurgrncoThanks for the advice I've gotten so far. My insomnia is generally only caused by having to get up early as I'm naturally a night person, and I hadn't had to get to work before 10AM in many years.
Sorry to hear of the problems others have had which led to insomnia problems.
- 1Dec 5, '08 by mscsrjhmNyquil tablets has been my only answer to a lifetime of insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
Taken at 1930, (kids call it Nyquil-thirty), I can go to sleep around 2100. But there is a small window of opportunity to sleep, and if missed, I am awake with legs hurting.
- 0Dec 8, '08 by medsurgrncoAny other ideas? Will this problem likely go away over time? I know circadian rhythms take 2-3 weeks to change, but guess that is with a consistent sleeping schedule. Do others who work day shift keep the same sleep hours on your off days?
I tried the doxylamine (1/2 tab) and it worked very well. I haven't been able to have the same sleep hours on my days off as I have been wanting to catch up on my sleep and also sleep free of meds.
I hate feeling like a zombie when at work, don't want them to think poorly of me because of lack of sleep, and really hope I won't have to take sleep meds nightly before day shifts.