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Forum topic by Wintersedge posted 01-20-2012 08:03 PM 1462 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2012 08:03 PM

I am moving to the night shift in 2 weeks.. any words of advice on how to get adjusted and stay awake during the shift: working 22:30 – 08:30.

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 08:08 PM

Stay awake as long as you can, hopefully over 24 hours 36 would be better. fall asleep at the time that you want to be your new bed time, easy fix!

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 08:28 PM

The answer to that question is going to depend in large part on how old you are. When I was in my 20s and 30s I work a swing shift that changed several times a pay period, ie: in a ten day pay period I would work 4 midnights then 3 afternoons and finally 3 days. Worked out Okay then but I would hate to think about what a shift like that would do to me now (I’m 64). LOL

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 08:58 PM

if you can maintain the schedule even days you don’t work, its doable. (in other words, sleep the same hours) The hardest part for me (and its been a looogn time since i did it) is when you try to switch to “normal” on the week ends.

I agree with Bob. I’m about 10 years younger, but would still hate to try it now.

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 12:58 AM

I worked nights for nine years.
You never truly get used to it, but you can make it doable.
While the kids were in school, I would get them on the bus and to bed right away, up when they got home.
Then they graduated, up until about 3pm then off to bed before work.
Either way, light blocking shades on the windows, and soft foam earplugs, turn off the phone. Stay on a sleep schedule.
Let everyone know sleep is your priority, or else you will be miserable.
Life will happen and interfere with your schedule, nap if you can, and caffeine to help make it through the night.
It takes a while to get the swing of it, side effects- upset stomach and foggy brain, it will pass.
Good luck,


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#5 posted 01-21-2012 01:03 AM

I’ve heard rumor that melatonin can help with the altered sleep schedule.


Good luck !

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 08:39 AM

Worked a second shift for a while,didn’t seem to bother much. I’m pretty much a night owl anyway. Lot of times I would get back home in daylight-would work a few hours and the go to bed. Normally I would get up later do stuff that I used to do after work and the go to work.It was sorta ok but wouldn’t want to do it again.

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 07:51 PM

+1 Don W and dust bunny. Also if you work out do it in the morning it helps get you tired for sleep. But you need an hour or so cool down. First week will suck but it’s doable.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 01:22 AM

Still getting used to mine, even after a year+. Mine is 12 hour shifts, 1900hr-0710hr. I work 7 out of every 14 days. Every other weekend is a “work” weekend of Sat.,Sun., and Mon. nights. Plus two days in the middle of the week. “Off days” I try to stay up as late as I can, and get up as late as i can (get away with) so the cycle is close. That third morning, though…..DO NOT EVEN TALK TO ME! The day off after that weekend on is a wasted day, as in ZZZZZZZZ!

PS: I am a whole 58 doing this stuff..

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 08:37 PM

melatonin- 3 mg. cheap as hell at walmart. Take it- lay down. relax. sleep. :) I take it every night. Have for years.

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