Working nights....tips anyone? - page 2

by gracecase | 5,855 Views | 17 Comments

Hi everyone. I just got a full time nights PCT position in a large hospital's ortho unit. I start in about three weeks. I was wondering if anybody had any tips for me as I have never worked nights.... Read More


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    I used to work nights for about 2 years. midnight to 8am as an EMT at a retirement community. Ive noticed black out shades work amazing, as well as ear plugs. ocassionally i would take melatonin. when i first started the graveyard shift i had such a hard time staying awake, but after a couple months your body gets more used to it (although you can never get a 100% used to it). also what ive noticed is if i take an hour or two nap right before work I have an easier time staying awake for the whole night..
    hope that helps
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    I always take a nap before my first shift. If you can work them in a row it helps too. When I get home I have a routine and try not to do things like watch TV, etc. that may wake me up. I sleep with a fan for white noise and keep my room dark. Melatonin also helps too! I switch back to a "day" schedule when I'm off so I usually sleep for 4-6 hours when I get home, then go back to bed around 11pm. Some weeks are easier than others, you'll find what works best for you!
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    No TV or Alcohol before bedtime, Drink Double Strength Chamomile Tea, Get a White Noise Machine, Turn off the Phone Ringer, Don't eat a Big Meal before bedtime and try to get at least 6 hours of sleep!
    Last edit by patekgtech on Dec 17, '12 : Reason: typo
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    eat breakfast when you get home because the worst thing is to be SO tired but wake up at noon becuase youre starving!
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    Quote from erikarose
    eat breakfast when you get home because the worst thing is to be SO tired but wake up at noon becuase youre starving!
    I have a soft spot for the hospital's breakfast, so I always eat when I get off at 7am, then go home and go to sleep. It usually costs me about a dollar.
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    I work 11:30p-8a on Friday and Saturday, then come back in for 3:30p-12a on Sundays...

    What I do is:
    1. Sleep normally on Thursday night into Friday morning.
    2. Get up as early as I can without feeling drained which is around 9a
    3. Go back to sleep around 5p until 10:30p for work
    4. Get home Saturday morning and sleep until 11a
    5. Eat lunch/dinner and go back to bed at 4p until 10:30
    6. Go to bed from 8:30a until 2:45p if Im beat or on a day like today, sleep from 12p-2:45p and go to work

    I tend to prepare my lunch and uniforms before I go to sleep so when I get up for work, I get dressed, grab my bags and get out the door by 11p.

    What makes it difficult is the inconsistency of the schedule... I work weekends and thats it, so my body never truly gets a chance to adapt to midnights so just be weary of this
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    Make sure to be eating a balanced diet. If you are lacking in nutrition you are going to be even more tired. Keep low calorie snacks on you while you work so you can have sustained energy.
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    I have been working nights for a year now as a CNA. I have found that the most important things that have helped me be 100% during my shifts are eating properly and excercise! Proper nutrition is SO important!


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