I have been working night shift for 1.5 years and never average more than 3 hours sleep during the day. It has taken a toll on my health. I can't remember when the last time I felt good. I am constantly looking for day shift work but there is none out there. Most places fill those postitions internally. Anyone else on night shift that has the answer please share your secret. Not sure how much more of this i can take.
I've been working nights since 1975 & can not do day shift! It doesn't agree with me (much the same as night shift doesn't agree with other people). I don't have a dark room, either. I wear a sleep mask on which I put a few drops of lavender essential oil. I keep the ceiling fan above the bed on & sometimes run a fan beside the bed that blows directly on me. I take melatonin half an hour before I go to bed.Even with these measures the most I normally sleep is 4-5 hrs. Most days I'm also able to take about a 2 hour nap in the evening.Turnforthenurse: I have the same problem on my nights off. My husband & I are usually in bed by 2030 because he gets up very early for his job. I usually wake up again before 2300 & then I'm up at least 5 hours. I guess that's what happens from being on this shift for so many years!
Last edit by poppycat on Feb 9, '13
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