Post # 1
So I got a new nursing job for after graduation, yay! BUT, it’s nights 7p-7A. I’m usually a night person anyone but like, 1 AM mindlessly watching TV, not having to function at work! So how do you adjust? Especially because it is only 3 days a week! And DH works strange hours too and is home for a few hours, in the middle of the day so on my days I don’t have to go into work I would like to actually be awake and see him for a while! I have a month to figure it out but I just want to prepare so I’m not half asleep my first weeks of work.
Post # 3
I’ve worked nights for 12 years so I have it down to a science. I also revert to a day schedule on my days off.
Ex: I am working Fri, Sat, Sun this weekend. So thursday I made myself stay up until around 2 or 3 am and slept until 11 am Friday and woke up, went to gym, etc and left for work at 6pm. Worked last night, woke up today at 2pm..gym, shower, food and back tonight. Repeat same process sunday night. On my first day off on Monday….I only take like a 2-3 hour nap when I get home from work so I’ll get up before around 11 am or so and revert back to a day schedule until my next night to work. I hate sleeping all day on my days off anyways and the nap ensure I go to bed at a decent hour at night(which to me is around midnight…that is an early night for me, lol).
Good luck! I love working nights and going to days would mean I would have to work harder and make 10K less a year, no thank you!
Post # 4
Thanks! Good to know it can be done! I’m so excited, and the night differental sure is nice!
Post # 5
Yup, been a nightshift waitress for like EVER.
My scedual is about the same as nursemel’s. Just give yourself two or so days to get into the swing of it and you should be just fine =)
Post # 6
I started on nights because that was the only shifts available at my new grad job. Thought I would go to days as soon as I could but realized I loved working nights too much and loved the extra money
Post # 7
I worked various civilan positions with the police that required night shifts. I worked 2 days, 2 nights, 4 off for a long time. I usually tried to stay on a day schedule as much as possible. I’d work the first day, sleep normally, work the next and try to push myself to stay up late that day. Then the first night shift morning I’d sleep till about 10, do whatever in the day, and then have a quick nap before “dinner” and go to work. Go back to bed around 8 when I got home, and sleep till 3pm and get ready for work again. The last night I’d try to sleep only for about 3-4 hours, and be up by noon and ready for bed again at “normal” time. I also usually went to the gym on my night shift lunch hour, and getting that little bit of exercise mid-shift around 3am strangely enough woke me up enough to make it to 7am and made me fall asleep much faster when i got home, but if you’re up and moving around all shift (I sat at a desk doing computer work/call taking most of the time)
Post # 8
I’ve been working a 7on/7off night shift schedule for a few months. The week off is great, but I am still getting used to functioning during the day on my weeks off. I force myself to sleep 8-10 hours a day during my work week, but I tend to only sleep about 5 hours on my weeks off. I know I will eventually figure out a plan that works for me. The pay differential is definitely worth it!
Post # 9
i’ve been working 10p-6a for seven years. i have light blocking curtains in the bedroom and i don’t switch back on my days off. as long as i get to bed early enough in the morning, i can still wake up at the time that ‘normal’ people are usually getting off work and so i don’t miss anything that normal workday people don’t.