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Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism's environment (NIGMS, 2012). Shift work... Read More

  1. Visit  RNGriffin profile page
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    Quote from frogdream
    I have been a nurse in an acute care hospital for around 2 years, the last 9 months have been on the 7P-7:30A shift. After a few months of adjustment, I am surprised at how well I feel. I am also post menopausal and I am wondering if the lack of hormones help with the adjustment. I seem to do better than the 20-30 year olds. Any thoughts?
    I have never seen any definite studies that correlate the decrease in estrogen production to the increase in metabolic activity(energy). If anything, this would have a reversed effect as less T3 and T4 are being produced. I would simply equate your adjustment to the reticular formation in the brain stem. Obviously you have fine tuned your circadian clock to adapt to the shift change, and in some individuals this could be more successful due to lifestyle adjustments. Most 20-30 year olds are juggling career and family..
  2. Visit  maeganleigh87 profile page
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    I'm a Lpn at a local nursing home and am currently working all three shifts, and have been for several months. 12s on days, nights and 3-11 as well. The turnarounds are so difficult. Especially working 12s from nights then switching to days. Your body has no idea when to sleep and forget about spending quality time with your family. I look forward to the day when staffing is aqequate on all shifts and I can have am more stable one.
  3. Visit  Janetnzrn profile page
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    In my unit no one except permanent night shift workers have a set schedule, the rest of us rotate days, pms, and one week of nights a month. The older I get the less able I am at adjusting to the constant change. Tired seems to be my baseline these days. Im not able to do night shifts without taking a sleeping pill, if I don't, I get only 3 to 4 hours sleep.
  4. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from maeganleigh87
    I'm a Lpn at a local nursing home and am currently working all three shifts, and have been for several months. 12s on days, nights and 3-11 as well. The turnarounds are so difficult.
    I used to work rotating 12-hour shifts, and even after three years, I never became accustomed to the constant changing from days to nights every three weeks.

    I'd return to a rotating shift work schedule only to avoid impending homelessness.
  5. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
    #17 1
    I work a mix of days and nights, often back to back. It's AWFUL! I hate it. I cannot wait to get out of here. Rotating shifts should be a choice not a mandate.

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