I can't sleep!!!

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

    I just drink water.
  7. by   stephanie.
    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. by   jmdRN
    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. by   Stella_Blue
    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. by   nrsang97
    Stop drinking red bull. That stuff is awful. Drink more water. Lay off any caffinated beverages after 0200.
  11. by   smartypantsnurse
    Thank you!
  12. by   Biffbradford
    +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. by   smartypantsnurse
    Lol yea I don't think I could stay awake with just water....
  14. by   M/B-RN
    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.