Post # 1
I really need some advice on how to manage this new schedule I have. We have 3 shifts in a day: 7am-3p, 3p-11p, and 11p-7am.
It’s not like we rotate shifts every week, it’s every day. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to this schedule and constantly feel tired. On my “days off” I sleep so late that I can’t even do anything during the day. Feels like a day wasted.
Obviously the overnights are the hardest. After I work one, it takes days to feel normal again, then I have to work overnight and the cycle starts over.
Does anyone have any advice or experience? I desperately need help with how to manage this!
Post # 2
I worked grave for a while and frankly, it sucks. I could not get used to it. I would be exhausted but mentally awake and unable to sleep. I started taking zzzquil to atleast sleep a few hours. As for rotating shifts, I have done that as well but my body eventually adjusted a bit. I have a hard time falling asleep but always wake up an hour before the alarm.
Post # 3
I’ve never worked the schedule you are listing, but my schedule has no rhythm/pattern so I can relate somewhat. Here’s how I would manage the schedule you are listing
7a-3p – go to work, come home, eat, gym, sleep. Sleep as late as I want the next morning. Go to the gym late morning. Shower. Do food prep/housework. Go to work 3p-11p.
The next morning I’d wake myself up around 8:30 AM. I’d go to the gym, come home, clean up/cook/read. Take a nap starting around 4pm or 5pm with an alarm set for 9 PM. Wake up at 9 PM. Make coffee, eat a light dinner. Shower. Go to work. Work 11p-7a. Come home and eat a decent breakfast. Maybe have a beer or bloody mary with breakfast (I consider it my equivalent of happy hour). Sleep 7a-1 pm. Wake up around 1 or 2. Get up, do laundry, eat. Go to the gym (this is key!), eat dinner. Go to bed when I get tired (which is usually quite early – 8 or 9 PM). If I can fall asleep that early, I’m pretty golden and will be awake and rested by 7 AM the next morning.