(Closed) Shift work and Sleep Schedule! How do you adjust to working days? Please help!!!

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
3396 posts
Sugar bee

My Darling Husband is a shift worker and works days and nights.  Do not feel ashamed of yourself.  From what I can see, shift work is really tough.  Is there anyway you can an additional day off between your day and night shifts?  DH has at least 2, usually 3 off days built in before switching from day to night and vice versa.  If you can’t do that, then I would wake up as early as possible on Sunday (and then feel miserable all day), so you can go to bed earlier on Sunday night to be up for Monday morning.  On the rare occasions where Darling Husband only has 1 day off between switching, he lives the off day as close as he can to the next day’s schedule, if that makes sense.  Which means he will either wake up way earlier than he needs to or stay up way later than he prefers.

Post # 3
437 posts
Helper bee

olivejd:  I do shift work. It can really wear you down. My shifts rotate up, so once a week I have a quick turn. The only things that I have found that work is exercising, eating well, and making it a must to go to bed as soon as I get home. I have found that exercising the morning before a quick turn helps a lot. It wears me out, so my muscules are tired and it’s easy to fall asleep. I also don’t drink caffeine or eat anytime near bedtime. I don’t drink caffeine anyway, but when I was I always had a hard time falling asleep and wasn’t getting quality sleep.

Post # 4
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I work 9 to 5, Thursdays and Fridays, and then typically work random shift work at my other job.  We are a night business, so sometimes I am there until 1-2am, coming off 9-5.  I find what helps me the best is warm tea (no caffeine) at night and blackout curtains.  But shift work just sometimes isn’t for everyone.

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