All the Secrets You Need to Know For Surviving Night Shift
It's no secret that working nights is exhausting. I've worked every shift there is from straight nights, rotating shifts, afternoons, days and early early mornings (that 3am start time). I've had good days and bad but have most definitely learned a thing or two in the last decade about staying up all night.
The two biggest things that have helped me are...
1. Staying off social media in between shifts if I'm working two nights back to back. The time between shifts is so limited you don't have time to sit and scroll and see everything you're missing out on. I can't even begin to tell you how much more time I felt like I had when I didn't waste my few pressure hours at home on scrolling social media!
2. Make a plan for your waking hours before you go to sleep. Whether it be to rest, be productive, work out, make food, see your kids or partner, whatever it is. Decide before you go to sleep because you know you're not going to feel like it when you wake up!
Lastly, if you're on a budget or don't want to hang curtains these paper blinds saved me and I still have them in my house even a year and a half after moving in.
A huge shout out to our community for contributing their top tips as well!
For new grads, especially, night shift is a great opportunity to learn at a slower pace. Having a positive mindset and attitude will make going to and enjoying work much easier! @nursetobe_rei
Bring your planner and map out your week. @randnpodcast
Working out throughout the week. It helps me get restful sleep and gives me more energy. @larissakarl
If you stress about sleeping, you won't sleep! Limit social media, it will just make you have FOMO! @thebrightlybalancedRN
Bring food and lots of water @seadooner
Black out curtains are a must! @emilynatale333
Don't be afraid to call your attending in the middle of the night. Safety first!
And meal prep on your days off. Nutrition is KEY to surviving and thriving on nights! @niknik620
I find if I stay up for an hour or two after I get home my sleep is more continuous and consistent. @tiegen_s
Protect your sleep and get into a routine! Important always but even more on nights! @fit.travel.life
Coffee and some quality co-workers! @caitygesell
Always bring a comfy work jacket. Hospitals are so cold. Also, black out curtains and melatonin. Plan your meals, workout (helps you sleep better), hydrate, and try to stay up until at least 2am the night before. @MariaSundae
My first night I like to organize everything for each patient and keep it organized every night after @c_jamesblack