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I can't sleep!!!

  1. 0 So I worked my first night shift last night, 7pm to 7 am. It all was well while I was working (thanks to the coffee and red bull ) but as soon as I got home I just wasn't tired anymore!! So I had a quick bite and just laid in bed until I finally fell asleep around 930 but then I woke up at 2 pm and could not fall back asleep I have black out curtains but is there anything else I can do to help me sleep? What do you guys do? I work again tonight and I'm scared of becoming a zombie . Please and thanks!
  2. 27 Comments

  3. Visit  nurseprnRN profile page
    #1 9
    Not so much coffee and Red Bull will help. Seriously.
  4. Visit  stephanie. profile page
    #2 3
    If you must drink the "juice" then make sure you drink plenty of water as well.
  5. Visit  smartypantsnurse profile page
    #3 1
  6. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
    #4 4
    Seriously? You drank Red Bull and coffee and you want to know why you can't sleep?

    I just drink water.
  7. Visit  stephanie. profile page
    #5 4
    I'm sure your body will adjust to the time change. Try not to rely on too many stimulants. Personally I sip on 5 hour energy but drink lots of water too. Caffeine bonds to water (hence the whole caffeine makes you pee a lot thing) and you'll get rid of it more quickly.
  8. Visit  jmdRN profile page
    #6 4
    When I work nights, I'll have a coffee or 2 at the BEGINNING of my shift, but nothing more than water or regular juice after the 1/2 way point.

    If you have a medscape account (free!) check out this CME/CE on Night Shift Syndrome. I found it eye opening (and well, helped my shut-eye too) after I read it. I saw what I was doing wrong in terms of my sleep hygeine.

    Last edit by jmdRN on Apr 10, '13 : Reason: would help if I put the link in... wouldn't it? :p
  9. Visit  Stella_Blue profile page
    #7 1
    I keep a bottle of ZzZquil next to my bed for "those" kind of nights. I swear they made that stuff just for me lol. I swing back and forth between 2nds and 3rds constantly so my body never knows when to sleep =/
  10. Visit  nrsang97 profile page
    #8 5
    Stop drinking red bull. That stuff is awful. Drink more water. Lay off any caffinated beverages after 0200.
  11. Visit  smartypantsnurse profile page
    #9 0
    Thank you!
  12. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
    #10 2
    +1 to all the above. Interestingly, I will drink a small Mountain Dew to ensure I stay awake on my 45 min drive home, yet as soon as my head hits that pillow ..... 12 hour nights. Ugh.
  13. Visit  smartypantsnurse profile page
    #11 0
    Lol yea I don't think I could stay awake with just water....
  14. Visit  M/B-RN profile page
    #12 3
    Everyone's body is different. I drink 2-3 coffees when I work at night. Two before for sure, and sometimes once during my shift. Caffeine is my friend. If that coffee and red bull keep you alert during your shift, then I don't see a problem with it. But then again, I'm even able to fall asleep after having coffee.

    I rarely ever have a hard time falling asleep, but some days are like what you described. For whatever reason, I wake up and I just can't get back to sleep. And I'm sure that applies even to people with a normal sleep schedule.

    I find it helps to have a routine so your body knows what to do. I come home, eat something small, get cleaned up, wind down with TV or a book, and then go to bed.