Sorry, I cant offer any help. I have been working nights for 3 years, the first year was FT 8 hour shifts now even though I only work PT maybe 3 days 8 hour shifts I can honestly say it hasnt gotten any better! I'm 32 with a 12 and 6 year old. I am the lightest sleeper ever, I hear everything! I do have an opaque blanket over my blinds to darken the room but working nights it seems like I never get that "good sleep" that everyone else gets when the rest of the world shuts down at night and all you hear are the crickets. Trying to sleep after working nights is equivalent to just taking a nap. Theres the garbage truck, the landscapers, the neighborhood children that are allowed outside before noon either bouncing a basketball or knocking on my door for my children to come out. When school is in I have told my children to call my cell phone if they have problems at school but for some reason I just cant seem to ignore the house phone when it rings. I work 11p to 7:30a and I find that when I have days off I try to switch my schedule so I can have the same routine as my family.....doesnt work either. For instance I find that after taking the kids to school at 8 and waking at 3 to pick them back up, I get home, help with homework and cook dinner and by 7p I'm still so drained that I have to take another nap before work.......now say I'm off that night, I pick the kids up at 3, help with homework, cook dinner and by 9p I am so drained I feel like I was drugged and cant keep my eyes open...You would think some good sleep is about to follow? WRONG! I sleep to about midnight then I am back up again and really dont get sleepy until it's time to wake the kids up for school and that's about 6:45a. I've tried taking benadryl on off days to sleep through the night so I dont sleep the entire next day but nothing works. I believe working nights has contributed to gaining weight, I'm always grouchy especially when being woke before I'm ready, I dont eat healthy because I'm usually so tired after I make dinner I'd rather sleep and eat at work around 2am. My friends seem to always call at the wrong time, they think I'm anti social and they just dont understand. Yes I've tried ear plugs but having children I dont recommend using them, you need to be alert but the problem is I'm just too alert. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise but right now it's a headache. I thought about afternoon shift but I would never get to see my children. I plan to be in school FT this fall so working days isnt an option. Now recently I dont know how but I've been able to go to sleep by 8a and get up by noon. I'm still sleepy but since school is out I find that I am more productive this way and I've been able to stay awake til about 7p and not spend the entire day in the bed. Good Luck! Let me know if you have any suggestions because I'm still trying to figure this out! And I couldnt imagine working 12 hour shifts because thats what time I lay back down around 7p when the shift would be just starting. Who ever can offer some sound concrete advice I would appreciate it also! And it doesnt help that it's not really dark outside until about 9:45p!!