Feel like ----.

  1. Been on nocs now for only 2 nights. 10 hour shifts and my body feels like ----. How long does it take to adjust to this shift? Feel very disoriented and kinda deprressed. Does this get better with time??? Am sleeping about 6 hours during day. Help, I need feedback, HOPE that it will get better.
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  3. by   live4today
    Kayzee...... I feel ya girlfriend. Having worked plenty of nights in years past, I know exactly how beat up you must feel. ((((((hugs)))))))) :kiss

    Some get use to nights rather quickly because they are "nightowls" whether on or off the job. Some never get use to nights, but work that shift either out of necessity or out of convenience for their family's schedule. Some are so-so with that shift....they can take it or leave it....they can sleep anytime/anywhere.

    You have to work the shift that best works with your own circadian rhythm. Maybe in time, you will "adjust".....maybe you won't. Give it 30 days.....if you don't start feeling very adaptable at that point....time to give it up, and go to another shift. I wish you well. :kiss
  4. by   shygirl
    --------------making love--------------------

    You know, from that song!
  5. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    Are you winking just at me shygirl. So stimulating.

    Working nights is easy for me. There is only one thing worth getting up in the morning for and that is GOLF. Been a nightshifter for decades

    doo wah ditty
  6. by   dedjames
    Right on, TIUT. I always loved working nights so I could go play golf in the morning before it got hot :-) I could never actually GET UP in time to go do that.
  7. by   lynniepooh
    I NEVER got used to NOC's. Still doing them, but never got used to it. I'm "zombiefied" most waking hours. Good luck!
  8. by   CATHYW
    Bless your heart, you described just how I felt the 9 months that I worked nights. I was one that just wasn't suited to it! Maybe it will get easier for you, over time.
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    6 hours sleep?
    Thats pretty good for a night shifter!
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    I admire night shifters. I never got used to it. I would get off work and go straight to bed, wake up 10 hours later and have to get up to work. Absolutely hated it.
  11. by   kellyseye
    me too!! hate nites! never got used to em and will never!!
    i simply dont exsist when i work nites ... so lucky ive only done 2 nite shifts in the last 4 yrs
    i dont think id take a job that required my fair share of nites ... the place i work is large n there are enough to wanna do them and then those who dont mind the occassional when those r on leave ... thank goodness!!!!
    yuck to nites!
  12. by   chicory
    I agree that it must be a circadian rythm type of thing. I've worked nights for years, when I've tried to change to days it was horrible. I just naturally perk up in the evening. I hope you start to adjust soon, sorry you're feeling ...........
  13. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    Where you from dedjimmy
    Do you keep your clubs and cleets and a change of clthes in the car too, so you can go stright to the links, saves time.

    doo wah ditty
  14. by   MollyJ
    Prioritize sleep; don't do or plan things during your best sleep time
    Darken your sleeping room as much as possible
    Take the phone off the hook or turn off the ringer in your bedroom
    Avoid caffeine during your shift so that you can have a more natural sleep cycle
    SOME dyed in the wool night shifters stay on the schedule even on days off. My body died to sleep at night, so I did
    Some people experiment with eating and find life is better if they don't eat on shift; others eat lightly. I ate to stay awake so I gained weight on nights.
    Be shameless and put in for your preferred shift IMMEDIATELY

    You are actually trying to make a u turn in your circadian rhythms right now, so it is a lot like jet lag. Your body is just screwed up. I frankly think that it takes a little more than 4 to 6 weeks to adjust but when I'd been doing it a year and a half and wrecked my car x3 I finally realized it wasn't going to be for me.

    Best of luck.