Things I am learning in nursing school
: sleep is important.
When I am rested, I am (a little bit) more confident, capable, and able to think critically. I'm able to shrug off social missteps, and I don't react to baiting. I perform skills more thoroughly without missing critical steps. I also just enjoy life more.
When I am severely sleep deprived, I feel like the world is against me. I miss important social cues, little things get under my skin, and I can never seem to say what I mean to say. I can't think clearly, and I make mistakes.
In normal day to day life, I can survive on erratic sleep. If I don't get enough sleep, I'm just antisocial for a day. In nursing, sleep is critical. I don't have the time or energy to waste on such a thing that can be so easily accommodated. There will be times that I will be tired at work, but I'm going to strive now to minimize those times.
The problem is how to get enough sleep.
Some of the things I'm doing is avoiding caffeine after 10 AM, taking Vitamin D each morning and 1 mg melatonin after dinner, white noise machine while sleeping, very dark curtains and blinds on my windows, and a daylight alarm clock (I live pretty far north).
Unfortunately, I'm a night owl. That doesn't bode well when I need to be awake at 4:45 AM to be at clinicals. I have been trying to get up early on non-clinicals and non-lecture days, but it hasn't been going well. I'm also having trouble getting any school work done before noon, and today is no exception. Generally, I have my most productive part of the day at the time when I should have been in bed an hour ago. I'm just not a morning person, but I must be a morning person in order to be functional during school and later when I am working as a nurse. I think it goes without saying that I am hoping to work night shift, but I still need to get through nursing school without coming apart at the seams.
Does anyone else have suggestions on how to get motivated to do school work early in the morning as well as getting to bed at a reasonable time?