Getting Used to Night Shift?!

United States
August 26, 2007 7:00pm CST
At my new job I am starting Tuesday my hours will be 9:45pm to 6am everytime I work. I was wondering if anyone would have any tips/knowledge to help me get used to this and not be too tired for it.
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@Booffy (364)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
yes ... unfortunately i have worked night shift before, i started at 11pm thru to 7am for 7 nights straight and then had 5 "days off" before repeating the dose. I did this for 7 years... and I'm affraid you never get used to it, that is the time your body is saying s l e e p ..... anyhow my job then consisted of driving so that kept me awake . i am not sure what you do... the only suggestion is not to go to bed as soon as you get home... wait a while a few hours and then you will find sleeping easier and you will also get used to eating only when you are hungry .... no set times..... i am happy i now have "proper" job with "proper" hours ... anyhow my friend i wish you lots of luck and happy work hours in you new venture
• United States
28 Aug 07
Don't go to bed right when I get home! That's new to me! hehe. I would think that I would want to go straight to bed. Why is it better to wait a while?
@Booffy (364)
• Australia
29 Aug 07
Don't know how long it takes you to get home from work ..... but look at it this way ... if you worked "normal" hours and got home at .. say ... 4pm ... Would you go to bed straight away or wait till aroung 9 or 10 pm before going to bed .... now put yourself in this new position of working strange hours i didn't get to to bed before 1pm ... i found it really helped as i said before you will never get used to working these hours but with a little disapline you can tolerate them .... good luck
@AmbiePam (40409)
• United States
27 Aug 07
That must mean you sleep during the day, but is it possible for you to take a 30 minute nap before you go to work? That might give you a push to get through the night. Some people might also recommend energy drinks, but instead you might want to buy some water bottles, and put them in the freezer. Not so they freeze, but so they get ice cold, and ice cold water will definitely wake you up, besides giving you energy without making you sluggish later.
• United States
27 Aug 07
Well, the first day I start work my dad said hell give me a sleeping pill around noon and then let me sleep until I wake up. He said it's simple and it'll help me be awake. I will def. have to have water. I love drinking water so this isn't a big sacrafice for me! lol.
• United States
27 Aug 07
I'm sorry! I forgot to thank you for your suggestions! Thank you! :)
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@carolscash (9506)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Once your body adjusts to the schedule it won't be bad. However, the first week or two may be hard. Whatever you do, if you feel sleepy during the day go to sleep. I work a day shift job but work one night shift(midnight-8:30) a week, it is really hard to get sleep during the day but I have found that if I get tired, I need to sleep then in order to sleep at all.
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
it takes a lot of adjusting time to get used of it...but basically you will gonna get use of it for sure after a week or so maybe..i used to work graveyard shift on a call center company..whenever i feel sleepy i get a coffee and take a break for a smoke..then after a week i got used of it..what's hard is when your still not used of it..you cant sleep in the morning you get home even if how tired you are and sleepy..thats how i was before..
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
I wish you all the best in your new job. It is not really easy being on a graveyard shift so to say but still a lot of people are able to stay on the job long and make something out of it. More power!
@sunshinecup (7882)
27 Aug 07
Yuck I had those hours a few years ago. As a day person, it was terrible. My only suggestion is to try to take a nap before you go in. That helped me feel more like I was going to a day job, one I had to get up in the mornings to go to. So I got into the habit of taking a 2-hour nap before time to get ready. That did help some. Good luck :o)
@sr0415 (1140)
• Philippines
27 Aug 07
Hi LilyoftheThorns! :) I had not been able to work nightshift, because luckily, I'm always given the best morning shift! *hehe* But I've learned how to live the night shift by observing my friends who are working at that shift. Usually, they try to adjust to their new life "patterns". They see to it that they will get a good hours of sleep before they start work. They also adjust their "eating" patterns, when they will do the household chores, do the laundry, and etc. I hope you'll soo adjust to your new job time. Take care and God bless! \(",)_
@ElicBxn (58575)
• United States
27 Aug 07
put up very dark curtains on the windows. make sure that the phone is where it can't be heard from your bedroom. try your very best to go to bed as soon after getting home as possible, since people will still want to see you - something one of my friend's never really got worked out so we never saw him - still don't. And, most importantly, even tho you are home during the day, you can't do favors for friends that want you do do stuff for them because you are. Don't wait for repair guys, look after sick kids, receive packages - NOTHING!