how my work affects my sleeping pattern,.

@eiram23 (422)
Philippines
October 8, 2012 11:17pm CST
When i started my current job, each day had been boring. If i am not in a front of the computer or television, I am in my room sleeping. I almost can't find time to hang out with my friends because of schedule conflicts. Most of them are on a dayshift while im on a graveyard shift. When i get out from work, my mind is already set-i go home and have some sleep. Even during my rest days, aside from going to church, most often, im at home, sleeping. Feels like i am so deprived with sleep. Maybe because my sleeping pattern is disturbed. Schedules sometimes are too hectic! I have never been like this before not until i got hired from my job. It's just so funny, when I was a kid I was always scolded by by mom because i don't want to take a nap at noontime, but now, if only, all i can do is sleep all day long. Previously, if my sleeping hours exceeds 8 hrs, i will suffer from a terrible headache, it feels like oversleeping. But now, during our last day, I don't mind not having a dinner at all as long as I can sleep for 14 or 15 hrs, minimum would be 12 hrs.. just sharing:)
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@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
OH. I can really relate on this. I'm also a busy person before and even now actually. But the only difference we have is I don't have work at weekends. I've been working 16 hours a day. Morning till 11pm. So that's my pampering time. I think you deserve a break from time to time. I have work 4am in the morning before but I quitted even if the pay was high because it affected my health already. So see, we should take care of ourselves first because this is our investment towards hard work. :) Take care
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@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
your right, taking care of our health is the most important thing. more often than not im just lifting it up to Him. I know I know though what my body can tolerate. Breaks are perfect. It refreshens our minds and reenergized our body.
@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
This is why we do take some considerations before applying for a job. I was actually happy when I got hired in my present job because it is very near my place but when I got married and move to my husband's house, I have to travel at least 2 hours in the morning and the same in the evening. The most sleep I got everyday is 5-6 hours. I heard that sleeping during night time and of during day time is different. There are time that even though you sleep during day time, you have this feeling that you haven't got a full rest at all.
@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
Very different,.the sleep we get at daytime seems to be superficial only. Sometimes it even cause headache when we wake up and get out from the bed. As for me the office is a lil bit far, i have to travel for an hour or even more than an hour depending on traffic situations to reach the workplace. And i have to be there early. I have always been afraid to travel at dawn because of crime related scenarios. That affects my sleeping hours. It is always interrupted. It has to or else i will end up leaving the house very late.
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
Yes, it is really not safe to be out especially if it still dark. I am usually up at 4am and leaves home at 5am but if my husband is available, he would usually accompany me until our service vehicle arrives. Maybe you can ask a family member or a relative if it's still too early.
@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
good thing you have your husband at times to accompany you. My shift starts at 2 or 3 in the morning s o i really can't go out that late. I usually go to the office like 9 ,or 10m in the evening so still have a lil time to sleep before my shift starts.
@GemmaR (8527)
9 Oct 12
It is normal to struggle with our sleeping patterns when we have strange working hours, but the best thing that you can do is to try and get into some kind of routine. Time management is one of the most important things that you will learn, and if you are able to do this then I am sure that you would be able to get everything done that you need to do. You should only be getting around 8 hours sleep per day, and there is no need to sleep more than that, and you might find that it does more harm than good to do so.
@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
Getting 14 hrs of sleep once a week feels rewarding to me..Our schedule is so erratic that time management sometimes won't work. If only we have a fix schedule it would probably help but the thing is, our schedule changes like almost every week so it's really hard for me, the only time i feel compensated with sleep is when i get to sleep 14 hrs long.. well doing it once a week would cause me harm i believe so.. as far as i know, when your body feels like sleeping, you have to give it to yourself, sleeping is one way of our body's coping mechanism.,
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
I think that's one of the drawbacks of working the graveyard shift. It affects a lot of the usual things you do, including that of your social life. It's really a great adjustment. I do however suggest that you try not to get your sleeping habits affected. I mean, we all know that lack of sleep isn't good. But oversleeping could also be bad. Aside from the usual lethargic feeling one gets from oversleeping, it could also give the person headaches, obesity, and there are studies that say it could also increase the risk of heart disease.
@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
i'm pretty aware of all those things associated with oversleeping. i do that once in a week though coz like what ive mentioned, im very much deprived with sleep during the week when i have to go to work. In only sleep for like 3-5 hrs and its not really enough to refresh my mind especially that the job requires mental alertness. I only sleep 12-15 hrs once a week. That's just to compensate wuth the previous days i have lacking sleep and it feels rewarding. it's actually not causing me to be lethargic or something but more of reenergizing my mind and body.
@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
I feel you. I understand where you are coming from. we are on the same industry and I've been doing it since 2007. on my very first year, most of the time i am caught sleeping because i am not use to that kind of life (sleeping in the morning and working at night). it took me almost a year before i was able to move on that scenario until such time that i became numb to it. i lose a big weight and affected my health but i can't afford to lose my job since it is the only that i have now.i have lots of financial obligations.i also remember when i was a kid, my grandmother will also scold me for not sleeping during noontime, now i realized the worth of it. there are several time that i became late because of too much sleep.
@eiram23 (422)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
I should be used to it. I don't know what happened:).. but kidding aside.. yes its really hard. you could really differentiate the type of sleep you are getting when you are sleeping at night compared to the type of sleep you are getting the day. A lot of factors affect your sleep during the day, the noise, the environment, the weather sometimes so hot.But i should be okay. Good thing for me coz im gaining weight;)
• China
10 Oct 12
Hi. It's a sorry thing for one to work in rugular time.I think those whose sleeping pattern is affected by his work should pay great attention to their sleep. Sleep counts in one's health.I am thankful that i work regularly and i have a regular sleep pattern.
@sq2108 (95)
• China
10 Oct 12
To be honest, i think you have to consider to change your job now. You current job is affecting your health and social life. It will be worse and worse if you don't make any change. So i just want to say you may need to quit your current job and have a rest for a while to adjust your sleep pattern. Like you, my brother has been working from 1 am to 8 am and sleeping from 10am to 5 pm for about one year. That life has affected badly. Later on he has changed a job and resume his sleeping pattern. But now he usually find it's hard to sleep during night while feel asleep during daylight. I suppose he doesn't remove the previous affection from his sleeping pattern totally. Maybe it need more time to adjust.
@hereandthere (20729)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
you can wear a sleep mask and ear plugs when you sleep. maybe you can move or reposition your bed so it's in a quiet and cool part of your room. put your phone on silent mode and ask family members not to enter your room. you might also consider taking a multivitamin.