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    I’m a night shift RN on a busy med/surg floor. People told me that I would adjust to nights. Well foooeeeyyy! I have not! After a year on nights, the only thing I have adjusted to is sleeping constantly, having zero energy and eating. (All which has led to weight gain and a poor personality.) THIS IS NOT WHO I AM. I am a funloving, active girl that has somehow been transformed by nights. Please give me any feedback on your tactics for making this work. I love nights aside from the way it is making me feel!


    Some people can’t do it. Day shift is like that for me. Always been a night person and switched to days for family time. It sucked the life out of me. I was always tired and had more migraines. After a couple years, I went back to nights. Eventually found a mid shift schedule that works, but I couldn’t do day shift. Good luck. FYI, sleeping pills are more habit forming than people will tell you. I think it best not to start on them. Find a day job when you can, it is the only way for people like us who don’t adjust well to opposite than normal schedules.

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    jess acosta

    I have been working night shifts for the past five years and I’m genuinely a morning girl but here are some tips:

    – melatonin
    – sleeping mask and/or blackout curtains for your bedroom
    – a very thoughtful spouse/roommate/live-in whatever that is quiet when you’re knocked down and they’re up
    – a large fan to emit lovely white noise.


    I tend to like night shift a lot better as well. I found it is difficult at first to find an even balance..even though you feel tired at times..You can’t allow yourself to sleep too long. Think about the schedule you used to keep on day many hours did you sleep..keep that number in mind..After a couple of days of forcing your body to get will become easier. Sometimes I find myself sleeping too much..and force myself to stay up a little longer..if I felt really bad..I would try a little extra make sure I was burning energy. It was more difficult when I went to 3 12 hrs shifts…then when doing 8 hr shifts..I was start to feel run down and have to figure out if I needed more sleep or less sleep..I hope this helps a little. I also use to feel my eating habits sometimes didn’t help..if I tried to keep my schedule as opposite it helped..eating breakfast..sounds silly..but in my brain helped..crazy I know.

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