I used to work day shift, now with kids in college, the extra money really helps, so once again mom is making the sacrafice. But, and boy do I mean Butt, I've gained 20 lbs in a year. I know what the problem is. I work in the ER we're very busy, I eat from stress and fatique. Has anybody found a solution to this. I have a membership to a gym but after 12 hours of kik butt walking and work , I'm too tiered to go. If I drink coffee or tea I'm too buzzed to sleep.
Oct 11, '06
I relate and as a long term "night person" I can only urge you to find time in your schedule to really exercise/lift weights and take part in activities that reduce stress for you. Your membership to the gym is needed now more than ever. If you can, break up workouts so they are not so long or time-consuming. Do weights one day, cardio another. But PLEASE do it!
Nightshifts make me crave carbs, also. So I make sure I load up with fruits, salads and carbs that are better for me than chocolate, chips and other junk that won't help.
Caffeine is also my bane. I have had a real problem, drinking multiple caffeinated beverages while on NOCs to keep awake. I am now loading up a pitcher of 1L of water and drinking it throughout my shift to reduce my caffeine intake. Increased caffeine not only ruins my sleep, but makes me crave ---CARBS! (vicious cycle)
Sleep is so critical. I personally use SL melatonin (not making a recommendation here) and darken the room----as well as turn on a box fan for white noise and keep the room very cool. The better I sleep, the less I want to eat....
I feel for you----totally empathize. After all these years, I am about to leave NOCs for greener pastures. I can't wait. It's tough.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 11, '06