12 Survival Tips for Night Shift Nurses
9. To ensure you sleep soundly during the day, use a sleep mask, earplugs and black out curtains. Create a ‘nighttime’ effect in your house to cheat your body into thinking that it’s indeed night and time to sleep. Regular exercise keeps your body flooded with positive hormones and makes you feel good about life. Regular exercise will also help you go to sleep naturally and deeply.
10. Don’t depend on drinks or sleeping pills to put you to sleep. This will not help your body establish normal circadian rhythms and your sleep architecture might be altered. For restful sleep, allow your body to relax, listen to soothing music and read a pleasant book. Stay away from activities that stimulate your mind or cause you anxiety, thus keeping sleep at bay.
11. Don’t drink more than a cup or two of coffee in 24 hours. Caffeine may help you get past the occasional feeling of lethargy and stimulate you, but in the long term, caffeine is addictive and disrupts your circadian rhythm. That apart, coffee is diuretic and you don’t want to wake up to pass water during your sleep time!
12. If you consistently work nights, you might not be visible to the daytime administrators who influence career advancements. Look around and see what you can do to overcome this obstruction. See if you can help daytime administrators in coordinating night schedules, orientation programs and so on. Volunteer to work as liaison with EMS and projects if that gets you noticed. The idea is to make sure your work and contributions are noticed by the powers that be so that you don’t lose out on career advancements.