I need some suggestions!! I am starting a COMPLETE full-time position in OB night-shift 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. I have worked a few 11p-7a shifts here and there, but not enough to really "bother" me.
Besides a fan (for noise) and a dark room (as dark as I can get it) do you have another helpful hints??
When I get home, I have two kids to take to school and won't be going to bed until about 9a.m. This is going to be hard in the sum-sum-summertime!!! PLUS! I am THE lightest sleeper in the world. I go from asleep to WIDE AWAKE
in less than a second.
So, any ideas??
Anything from meds to mental....I'm open to suggestions!!! Thanks!
Feb 6, '03
I'm working pm shift now, but a few short months ago I had to do 3 weeks of mandatory night shift (after having been on day shift for over 3 years). You know what, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Though, I worked 11pm- 7:30 am. I arrived home about 8:15-8:30 and was in bed by 9-10 am at the latest.
I had a dark room, white noise, and a "sleeping mask" (the ones that you put over your eyes). I bought "black out draperies" to place under my curtains in my room. I really made sure not a crack of light was getting into my room! I am really light sensitive, so that helped a lot. I know you mentioned kids, so I don't know if this is possible, but I also unplugged my phone while I slept. The first few times I didn't unplug my phone, and I kept hearing the darn phone ring- it was usually some telemarketer or a well meaning friend or family member who "forgot" I was sleeping during the day.
Usually sleep came easy, but on occasion I would take a tylenol pm with a cup of decaf herbal tea before turning in. I'd sleep pretty sound till 4pm.
It also really helps if your room is cool/dark. A cool room seems to be slumber inducing.
Good luck with the night shift! ;-)
Last edit by Genista on Feb 6, '03
Feb 6, '03
When I had to work mandatory overtime, I used a few tricks of my own. Of course, the dark room and the fan are the basic I used a couple other things to help. At first, I started using ear plugs to block out the morning traffic untill I got exhausted enough that I would fall asleep without them (I did alot of overnights).
I also used a shower gel and lotion by The Healing Gardens ( http://www.healinggarden.com/home.html
) called zzztherapy Satin Dreams. You can find that at any Walgreen's store. I also used a couple products from Earth Thereaputics....Anti-Stress Eye Pillow and the Anti-Stress Comfort Wrap. http://www.earththerapeutics.com/
Yes, I am an aromatherapy FREAK!!!
Sweet Dreams :zzzzz
Last edit by Flynurse on Feb 6, '03