Permanent anxiety/panic when I try to sleep... - page 2

Hi all I am a new nurse (off orientation for 2 months) and I have been working permanent nights since September, and although I work well at night and can sleep fine during the day, I have found... Read More

  1. by   nghtfltguy
    nights.. ... well
    its the best shift..

    you are new

    you will get used to it... 12.5mg of benadryl?... for real?
    take 50 if ya can't sleep!
    you shouldn't get hooked
    talk to your doc and get some ambien if ya need too..
    it just takes time to get used too...
    once you are acclimated.... you will love it... as all the rest of us vampires do~~
    good luck....
    you will do fine~

  2. by   meri29
    I have the exact same problem. I've been doing night-shift since June, and cannot sleep on my nights off. It has nothing to do with work stress and everything to do with my internal clock being off. I sleep like a rock during the day. Finally, I resorted to taking Ambien 5mg on my nights off. I'm hoping I can shift my time clock back when I go to days in 3 weeks.
  3. by   Perpetual Student
    I work nights, too, and love being up all alone on some of my nights off. Sometimes I'll go out with friends or something (some of them are nocturnal, too), but other times I'll just pop in some DVDs or hang out on my computer (like I am right now ).

    You should be able to reduce the anxiety on your nights off by making them FUN times to relax. I don't know what you're interested in, but you could potentially read, sew, cook (minimizing clanging for the sake of your family members), shop for groceries, or do whatever else makes you happy.

    Avoid changing your sleep schedule too much on your days off.
  4. by   heartlover07
    Quote from gagezoie
    :zzzzzI started working night 3 months ago and started having this problem myself. I started having panic attacks on my night off also. I started working out on my nights off with a treadmill. I think it has to do with being on the go all night long. I get on it when my shift usually would start and go for 1/2 hr to 1hr depending how energetic I feel. This has helped at lot and I sleep like a rock usually by 2am. Hopes this helps.
    I am definately going to try this! Thanks for all of the replies, looks like I need to get me some tea too!
    Glad to know i am not the only one dealing with this. I went on here (allnurses) one night at 4:30 am, hoping to see some of the night owls like me chatting in the chat room or something, but the only people on the forum lived in New Zealand, UK, or California!! Not that I wouldn't like to talk to nurses from around the world, but I was kinda looking for someone who was "up" like me.
  5. by   deeDawntee
    I have worked nights for many years and know (obviously) many people who do as well. I will tell you that I know very few that are able to "flip" that quickly back into an awake day, asleep night schedule. It usually takes a day to do it. So, I would recommend sleeping when you get home, spending some quality time with your family when they get home and then plan on getting some stuff done around the house. Most people are tired by 2 or 3 AM without the stress of trying to make themselves sleep and then the next day is usually "flipped" back. You have to be REALLY gentle with yourself. It usually takes a good 6 months to start adapting to a new sleep schedule and then even longer to learn to thrive on that schedule. It can be done. I think you may have had too high expectations for yourself. Working nights is a HUGE adjustment, even if a person considers themselves a "night person". We are not wired for that schedule and need to gently adjust our natural tendencies. Relax. Have you ever tried meditation? It seems now that you are going to have to gently deprogram yourself from the fear you experienced about not being able to work nights. It will soon be over. You need some consistent loving, gentle, reassuring self-talk.
  6. by   nitenurse02
    I have worked night shift for 5 years and I know that some people just cant work the shift. This may be your body telling you to get off this shift. Take care of yourself and see your doc if the attacks continue.
  7. by   heartlover07
    Thanks again for the replies, just finished two nights and well, slept like a baby during the day with very little anxiety falling asleep. Its as if my body has COMPLETELY reversed itself! I feel exactly like I used to feel at 5 am waking up at 5pm waking up.....pretty amazing....I also am going to try and stay up today and sleep tonight, I don't work again till Thursday night. :spin::spin: