Secrets To Surviving Night Shift

June 12, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

Secrets To Surviving Night Shift

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 precious 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!

- Cat Golden, Founder of Nurses Inspire Nurses

Our Community's Top Tips:

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!

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

Remember, it might take some time and trial and error to figure out what works for you! Don't get discouraged if something isn't working - change it up and see what happens.

Got any fav tips for night shift? Drop them in the comments below!

1 Response

Fred R Manthai RN-BC
Fred R Manthai RN-BC

August 20, 2020

Thanks for the night shift survival tips. I’ve been working night shift for 32 years. The older I get the harder night shift is to deal with. These tips helped me. Never too old to learn. Take care. Fred.

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