Post # 1
Does anyone on the Bee have experience coming off night shifts and switching to days? I work until about 1 AM 2-3 nights/week, and until 4-4:30 AM every Friday and Saturday… then on Monday mornings I switch to trying to get to my office by 8:30 AM 4-5 days a week (Mon-Fri). Recently I’ve been finding it harder and harder to get up and go into the office since I have such a hard time falling asleep at a good time at night–and an even harder time waking up the next morning! I’m technically self-employed at my day job, so I’ve found myself blowing off work a lot lately in the mornings because I am so exhausted and stressed out. I’m starting to wonder if I could be depressed because of my erratic schedule and all I want to do is catch up on sleep. I feel so ashamed of myself that I don’t have the energy to work out anymore. Does anyone have any advice for me about rotating shifts from nights to days? I’m so accustomed to bed at 3 AM and waking up at noon that it’s nearly impossible not to turn the dang alarm off at 7AM!
Post # 2
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
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
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.