“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake into a failure”
Night shifts always make me a bit emotional. Immense tiredness, overwhelming emptiness and relief at making it through and finishing them. It’s part of a job I love so you just suck it up. But well done me, you’re awesome and I don’t give you enough credit. Here’s to a great weekend #nightshifts#done#nhs#pma#loveyourself#creditwherecreditisdue
~Night shifts ~
I’m currently working night shifts, or the ‘graveyard shift’ as some might call it. Nights are gruelling and stressful, both from a work point of view but also physically - the body’s physiology has to adjust to being the ‘wrong way around’! -
That said, there’s no better feeling than completing your final night shift of the month as I did today!
Here are a few tips for surviving night shifts:
Avoid caffeine; although it might make you feel more awake on the job when consumed at the start of the shift, it’s likely to compromise your sleep afterwards if you drink throughout the night. Cold water is also great at maintaining alertness.
Try to maintain a similar eating pattern to the one you have during the daytime (hopefully healthy!)Snack on fruit, as it’ll break down into sugar and provide you with energy. Avoid heavy meals on night shifts because of the risk of post-prandial drowsiness. Frequent light snacks are much better.
If your commute to and from work is a long one, consider using public transport instead of driving. Sadly, a huge number of nightshift workers are involved in fatal road accidents every year - usually on the journey back home from work.
Eat breakfast before you go to sleep. Don’t let those hunger pangs wake you up!
Switch your phone off or put it on airplane mode when you get home and go to sleep! There’s nothing worse than having fallen asleep and then your IG notifications start blowing up
Share your night shift hacks in the comment section!
Went for a little walk to the beach after lunch, even had a little paddle in the sea. If I’d had more time I would have actually had a swim. But good exercise and for the mind to get down the beach and in some sunshine
•BANANA CAKE PORRIDGE WITH PEANUT BUTTER AND A CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP• I mean what is there not to love here? I’ve been adding an egg to my porridge recently for a bit of extra protein, and it just gives it a cake-like feel, have you tried it? I’ve popped in a mini Reese’s as of course chocolate and peanut butter are life .
And definitely warranted this morning. I’ve been feeling very disorientated this week after reversing my body clock again after doing 3 nights. I found the weekend exhausting as I just don’t sleep that well in the day. Why the difficulty? Probably related to hormones including melatonin which are involved in regulating sleep-wake cycles. Many of these hormones circulate in a circadian rhythm, that is they follow a 24 hour cycle, mostly controlled by the brain but also influenced by light and dark. My body is currently all over the place and I feel like I’ve got terrible jet lag (without the luxury of a lovely holiday precipitating it) . What are your tips for jet lag recovery?