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Tips to Survive the Night Shift

Tips to Survive the Night Shift

Sean Dent | Scrubs Magazine

I know all the tricks. I’ve done the research. I’ve asked the questions. I’ve taken tips from the experts. No matter how I handle it, no matter how I plan. I always have a difficult time ‘functioning’ on the night shift.

The source of my ‘pain’ is my sleeping pattern. I am an extremely light sleeper. Let me be clear – there is a ‘light sleeper’ then there is me.

You name it, it wakes me up. The wind, the dog barking down the street, cars driving by the house, the rain, etc. Every noise wakes me up. I used to tell the story of how a kitten walking into a carpeted bedroom woke me up (true story).

Here are the things I do to ‘enhance’ my odds of sleeping during the day:

• Cardboard covered the bedroom windows (not a speck of light gets in)
• Background soothing music playing
• No TV
• Temperature in the room is just ‘cool’ – not too warm
• I ‘try’ not to have anything to eat or drink an hour before I know I’m going to lay down
• Limit my caffeine
• Silence all the gadgets in the house (the phones especially)

I think that covers it all.

It’s a necessary evil I know I have to accept. But accepting it and liking it are two different things! I’ll continue to do my part, but trust me. I’m gonna keep on whining about it.

Anyone have a tip or trick that helps you survive the night shift?

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    about 5 years ago


    Try something with a little tyrptophan (warm milk, ice cream, turkey products). Reading just before bedtime usually brings the sandman to me with a big bang. Melatonin works well me too. If necessary combine a couple of these strategies. Last but not least I use aromatherapy to help me drift off, mild odors such as pear and pomegranate work well for me.

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    about 5 years ago

    Eye mask and ear plugs help out when working night shift in able to get sleep during the day. Another thing that helps me is to take Melatonin which is a natural supplement and is produced by the pituitary gland which is what makes people sleep. This supplement can be purchace over-the-counter.

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