Want help with Insomnia working Day Shift - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   mscsrjhm
    Nyquil 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.
    Good luck.
  2. by   medsurgrnco
    Any 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.