(Closed) Dearest night worker bees. Care to share some advice?!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t work nights anymore, but my Fiance does. He goes to work at 6 and gets home around 5, Sunday through Thursday. He sleeps for 7-8 hours when he gets home, so he gets up around 12. If he sleeps too long it gives him headaches, and throws of the rest of the day. You have to make sure you aren’t just going to work, getting home, sleeping, and going to work again. That is not healthy. Also, he makes sure to eat “dinner” about half way through the night (I pack it for him) so that he has enough energy to make it to the morning. Just make sure to find a routine that works for you and make sure you get a normal amount of sleep, not too little but not too much either. Hope that helps! 

Post # 4
Member
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can PM Mrs.Tobe or Helenberrycrunch, tobe works overnights at a hospital and HBC just came off of nights a few months ago.  I am sure they will not mind helping you or giving you some tips.

Post # 6
Member
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Rouquine:I work thirds in a hospital as well, but I’m on 10 hour shifts. Usually before the first night back to work I try to stay up late and sleep in late that day. Getup and do normal things before heading into work. Sometimes you can’t avoid being too tired that first night back.

A lot of people that work that shift with me try to keep the same schedule even on their days off, but I’m one of the few who try to flip flop back into some sense of normalcy. But I also have a set in stone schedule (of weekdays) that I work consistently.  I work Mon-Thurs nights and am off Friday morning at 730… I try to only sleep about 3 hours that morning then wake myself up to transition into night sleep. It’s hard. But it usually works.

When I wake up (usually after sleeping anywhere from 5-7 hours) I eat a light healthy snack, do some exercise (this will make you feel soooo much better and more motivated) then eat dinner with Fiance before heading to work. Then I lightly snack on small mini meals (when I can) throughout the night. It’s easy to fall into a rut on thirds, or it was for me. I felt unmotivated and sometimes sad since Fiance and I are on different schedules, plus I miss a lot of family things during the week. But you gotta’ keep your chin up! Not to mention third shift workers are the best, always laid back, and fun ;o) 

 

Hope you do well! Sorry I wrote a novel! Congrats on the new job!

 

 

 

Post # 8
Member
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, oh, oh! And get some black-out curtains for your bedroom! They really help block light and noise. I found some inexpensive brown suede curtains at JC Penney outlet online that are amazing and look pretty too!

Post # 10
Member
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am a 7p-7a too. I am one that switched to sleeping at nights on my days off to spend time with my family. So I worked last night, got home at 8:15 and slept until about 12:30 and got up. I will be able to sleep pretty well tonight. At first I would honestly have to snack to stay awake, so I would skip dinner and then bring health snack.

Black out curtains are a life saver or going into the basement works too. I find it really hard to wake up and see that it is a gorgeous day and try to go back to sleep.

Post # 11
Member
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Mrs.tobe:

I echo this. I’ve worked 7p-7a as a nurse for almost 4 years now and I love it. I keep a normal schedule when I’m home. I worked last night, got home about 8:30 and slept till 11:30. But I’ve enjoyed the day with my Darling Husband and will sleep good tonight. My family and social life doesn’t suffer this way. When I work my weekends which are 3-4 day stretches, I do sleep more through the day or else it takes a few days to recover and get back to normal. My Darling Husband works weekends anyways so I don’t feel guilty. There’s alot of adjustments to nights than just sleep so good luck!

Post # 12
Member
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’m actually going back to nights just for this week to cover the regular night shift charge nurse’s vacation.

My advice is to rest as best you can the day before and just force yourself through the first night and your body will adjust (mostly) after that. I found that snacks were great for helping me stay awake.

Post # 13
Member
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@helenberrycrunch: Hooray! Night shift for a week!  p.s. I miss you terribly. And our texts :*(

Post # 15
Member
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Mrs.tobe: gah! I’ve been waiting for you to be online! I can’t find your number anywhere in my phone!!

Post # 16
Member
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@helenberrycrunch: What?! I will text you immediately!

@Rouquine: I hope you adjust quickly! And if you are ever not so busy jump on a “night chat” with us!

The topic ‘Dearest night worker bees. Care to share some advice?!’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors