Nightshift -days off - page 3

I have been a nightshift nurse for about 2 years now. I easily adjusted to nights within my first week of switching and have never felt fatigued on nights. For my first year I had the best of both... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    My dad worked nights for the better part of twenty years. When he retired, he was unable to adjust. It made for a limited, less than satisfying existence for him and my mom. My only suggestion is for you to evaluate your situation and to make concrete plans to make the switch if you don't want to end up in a night shift trap for the rest of your life. Nightowl may be acceptable for some, but not for most. It will be so much easier to change a pattern while you are young enough for your body to adjust.
  2. by   suzystrempke
    Quote from lindseylpn
    I've been on nights for 13 years and I can usually switch back and forth pretty easily. I sleep at night on my days off and the day before I go back to work I'll take a few hour nap before going in. On my first day off I'll take a few hour nap during the day and then go to bed at night. Every so often though I'll have a couple of weeks to months where I just can't adjust. I'll sleep during the day at those times (or sometimes day and night) and then my body will readjust itself back to my normal schedule. It's like a cycle for me.

    My husband also works nights (5 eights) and on his days off he splits his sleep between days and nights, like 4-6 hours during the day then several hours at night or vice versa.
    Lindseylpn - I am the exact same way! I was wondering if anyone else was able to switch back and forth like I do. I seem to be the only person at my job that does. Glad to know I'm not the only one :-)
  3. by   KeepinitrealCCRN
    i work nights and i love it but i agree the sleeping part can be challenging. most people i know flip back and forth but i am unable to do that. i tend to sleep 4am-11am when I'm off so when i go back to work i don't have to adjust my schedule too much and this works great for me. on my first day off i sleep 6 hours 9a-3p and i am still able to go to sleep at 4am. i used to only sleep 3-4 hours after work and try to go to bed at 10pm but it never worked and i always felt awful. of course i still have times when i feel tired on my days off but for the most part i do not.

    good luck!
  4. by   NurseSpeedy
    Quote from Medic/Nurse
    ^^^^ Isn't it shocking to be at the market at 0200 and KNOW about 1/2 dozen of the folks there? Those were my people!! ^^^^

    I figured out I was one of the weirdo's. Lol.
    My night shift life was short lived but I definitely remember going to the only place open back then 24 hours-WALMART. If you think the people of Walmart are bad during the's no comparison to nights. Kind of like the 3am trip to Denny's Restaurant (are those still around?).

    I did this because I couldn't convert back and fourth and I couldn't take seeing any more debt relief commercials on TV or the shocking relization that I've just stared at a Blue's Clues episode on tv because I was so bored but unable to sleep when the rest of my family did. This was long before Netflix or anything else. Heck, I had a VCR.
  5. by   AngelKissed857
    I have little difficulty staying awake and alert for my shift, am able to sleep most days, still feel exhausted ALL the time.
  6. by   Cat365
    I go through periods like that. I'm in one now. I don't want to sleep all day, can't sleep at night and feel like crap when I'm not working. It seems to come and go for me. Let me know if you find a solution.