How do I start working night shift?
Working Shifts: 9 Tips for Better Sleep
- Try not to work a number of night shifts in a row.
- Avoid frequently rotating shifts.
- Try to avoid long commutes that take time away from sleeping.
- Keep your workplace brightly lighted to promote alertness.
- Limit caffeine.
How long should you sleep before a night shift?
Before your night shift:
If you’re a natural early bird, try a long nap for up to 3 hours to reduce your sleep debt. If you’re a night owl, you’ll find it more difficult to sleep in the afternoon but try at least a 15-20 minute nap before you get ready for work.
Can you work night shift and be healthy?
People who work shifts sometimes skip meals, eat irregularly, eat unhealthy food, and may find it hard to keep up a regular exercise schedule. Shift workers are at higher risk for weight gain and heart disease as well. Healthy eating and exercise help improve your sleep and your overall health.
How do nurses sleep at night shift?
Find a modified sleep schedule that works for you and stick to it. For some RNs in night shift nursing, taking a nap for a few hours prior to the start of a shift, and then going to bed as soon as they get home for 6-7 hours is effective. Others prefer to sleep in shorter four-hour spurts after a shift is complete.