So I have now been on night shift for about a month and I have decided that I need to make adjustments to what I am doing with my sleep cycle.
Previously, I was just trying to switch completely to a night shift. This worked for a while, but then I realized that I was unable to run errands and be a human for lack of a better way to put it. Now that I have some more control over my schedule, I am working 3 days in a row I think I will try to flip flop so I can actually be a human again 🙂
I have also realized that night shifts take a lot more out of you, both physically and mentally. Physically, it is grueling to have to be awake at hours your body would like to normally be sleeping, let alone running around delivering patient care. Mentally because your brain wants to be asleep and you need to will it to be awake. Also, when I start to have some sleep deprivation, I have noticed I have less patience for everything and tend to be grumpier.
Motivating yourself to do anything becomes a daily challenge. Some days you’re unmotivated to even get out of bed from sheer exhaustion, and I know sometimes that makes me feel like a failure. Learning to forgive myself and allowing these days of rest can help you feel better both physically and mentally. That being said, I have come down with a nasty bug, which is another factor to my feeling gross as of late, and is something that can be put in another post :).
How do you deal with night shifts?