Night Shift Part 2

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?



One thought on “Night Shift Part 2

  1. Working nights is hard on your body, your mental health, your relationships and your social life. With that said I have found some things that works for me. First of all, I am lucky that I can work part time. It helps. But I do work the two 12 hr shifts back to back. I try to schedule myself the same days, usually every Thursday and Friday. So on the start of a new schedule I will have slept the night before and now I need to switch. I get up early that morning, try to get a brisk walk in and then I come home and relax. I usually try to lay down around noon and read, so my body is relaxed. I try to avoid errands and heavy household chores. I shoot for a nap between 2-4. It doesnt always work. I cant always fall asleep during the day of my first night back. I get up and shower around 4:30 and then have dinner at 5:30. I leave for work at 6pm since I like to be early. I may bring a snack to work, but eat my meals at home to avoid getting my body used to eating at night which can really mess up your sleep when you are off. I work all night and during my 30 min break I lay down in the staff break room and put my feet up. I dont eat, but I try to drink water throughout my shift, and I avoid coffee at night. I stick to tea and water. I usually get home between 07:30-8:00 in the morning. I have a cup of tea, and eat my breakfast then I go to bed and read for 30 min then sleep. I set my alarm for 4:30 at which time I shower and repeat the whole process for my second night. When I get home in the morning I eat and go to bed and set the alarm for 2 pm. I will not allow myself to sleep any longer since if I do I will not sleep at all that coming night. So now I have to switch back and the first night is always hard, and I barely sleep. So during the second day home I have to force myself to stay awake and not take a nap. That’s the key. I walk the dog, do my errands, housework, and getting Hayden to and from school. In other words I stay busy, so I have a better chance of sleeping normally that coming night. So basically it takes me two days to recover and then I feel normal, and it’s almost time to switch again…haha.


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