I've been working full time overnights for about a month now (3 - 12's). Staying up at night for work is not a problem, but I am having a hard time adjusting to my days off. I'm usually scheduled every other day, occasionally I will have 2 days in a row. Per union policy, we cannot be scheduled 3 days in a row unless our manager asks us if it's okay, however I would rather have 3 in a row so I can have a more normal social life. I get home around 8 AM, eat something and unwind a bit and go to sleep around 8:45-9 and will sleep until 2-3 PM. I have blackout curtains so my room is pretty dark and live in a decently quiet neighborhood so I have no issues falling asleep or staying asleep. I just feel pretty guilty about sleeping through my day off =[. What I have been doing is staying up as late as possible the night before I have to go in so I can sleep during the day. I'll usually sleep from 4-5 AM to 3-4 PM depending how I feel. Then I get up and take my time getting ready for work. I leave my house around 5-6 PM depending if I'm stopping anywhere before work. It takes me anywhere from 8-15 minutes to get to work. I'll usually sit in my car and browse the internet on my phone before heading into the hospital around 6:40 to punch in at 6:53. If I have to work again the following night, I have no guilt about coming home and sleeping all day but I have such a hard time doing that on my days off. It's disappointing to wake up at 3 in the afternoon knowing that i just slept away most of my day off. It's also a little sad sleeping all day because my boyfriend works an 8-4 M-F job and about once a week before I got my overnight job I'd meet him at his work and we'd go out to lunch since he works downtown. Since I rarely get 2 days off in a row during the week we haven't been able to do that and I miss it =[. I know this has been asked a million times, but how do you guys prepare to work an overnight? One of the nurses I work with gets up at a normal time on the days she has to come in to work and will just take a nap before work, others will sleep all day and wake up for work in the late afternoon. How late/long do you sleep on your days off? What time do you get up on the days you have to come into work? Hw do you guys carry on having a normal social life? Thanks!