How to stay awake during NOCs in PDN?

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Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

So I'm not a great night person & I'm gonna start NOCs. It's hard enough working nights but in PDN it's even harder because you don't get up & walk around. So what does everyone do to stay awake during night shifts in PDN?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,949 Posts

Monster iced tea or coffee. ;). Moving around. Stretching. One ear bud in to listen to music or pod casts. .

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I have epilepsy & I'm just afraid that switching to nights will affect me. I tried drinking Monsters before & woo! It really affected me in some weird way.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,949 Posts

The iced tea has less caffein than some of the others. 10 calories works for me.

Get a consistent sleep pattern. That should help. Eye masks. Kid in school during day I sleep. I'm up when kid done with school & for activities.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I tried nights once before & I never ever felt rested, no matter how much sleep I got. How do you do it? I would sleep, literally, all day & still felt exhausted. My second night in a row I felt like poo. Is there something I can do (if I take the case)?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,949 Posts

I need to take a nap. I will PM what works for me later

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Thank you!!!

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 43 years experience. 1,592 Posts

How to stay awake when you're getting sleepy on nights:

1. Get up and move around. Do "standing jumping jacks" with your feet planted, but your arms working. Stand still on one leg without holding on to anything. (You might want to try this near something you can grab onto at first.) Do "push-ups" off the kitchen counter.

2. Wash your face with soap and water. Use your bare hands if you don't have a washcloth you can use.

3. Drink. Don't let yourself get dehydrated.

4. Eat something crunchy.

5. Instill lubricating eye drops, especially when the air is dry. When I get scratchy eyes, I want to close them.

6. Read.

7. Do some cleaning, keep your client's area tidy. I work pediatrics, and toys often need cleaning.

8. Go over the care plan: what could be changed/clarified/added?

9. Are you getting enough sleep before coming in? Part of my job is to be rested before I come in.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Thank you!

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience. 893 Posts

If nights already are difficult for you I would encourage you to try to not take this position. Depending on the family, any slight move could wake them up.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Nights are hard initially but it's just hard transition. I usually stay up late any way. It's only an 8 hour shift. If it was 12, I would think twice!

SDALPN

Specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU. 997 Posts

Just like I do with days, I Jeep a regular sleep schedule. On nights, I sleep at a regular time during the day even on nights off. The flip flopping is what makes it so hard. If you are on a regular sleep schedule, your body will adjust. Get a good routine down before you sleep and minimize noise and light.

When I worked nights, I'd come home and drink a calming tea. I'd make sure I turned the phone off and make sure the room was dark. I'd set my alarm so I would get up at the same time each day. I also used ear plugs during the summer (mowing season). I was just as wide awake at night as I am in the day by just staying on schedule.