Adjusting to night shift

Nurses General Nursing


I will graduate in August and will work in ICU 7 p - 7 a. I'm excited about the position but I am very much an "early to bed, early to rise" person.

I'm looking for suggestions that will help me adjust to my new schedule.

Many thanks.

bellehill, RN

566 Posts

Specializes in Neuro Critical Care.

Keep your 3 nights in a row, keep your room dark and use a white noise machine (a fan for me). It will take a few weeks to adjust so give yourself time and don't feel like you have to be up early on your days off. I usually sleep until noon on my days off. I know some people refuse to take a sleep aid, I am not one of those people. Benadryl is a wonder if you have trouble. Good luck!


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I am the same type of person as you. I like the early to bed routine. I did not do well on the three days in a row. I preferred two on one of one on. But, all I did was sleep on that off day. It was a good thing, though, as I was rested for all of my shifts.

I use benadryl and melatonin for sleep. I do darken my windows, I have black drapes in my bedroom, and my phones are off. My roommate knows when I work and will be as silent as possible.

My words to you? Guard your sleep with all means possible. Though I started nights like you as a day person, I wouldn't work days ever. Too many people in the pie so to speak...

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