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Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:48 pm

Anyone Working Night shifts out here.How many nights a week & how do you try to relax in the day.
Is your field of work tough.
I work on the Tarmac in Maintenance in the open 5 nights/week,average 2300hrs till the Last Aircraft flies or 0800hrs whichever is later.
At times I struggle to rest in the day.So end up resting just 3-4 hrs & that makes the next night real tiring.
Sun nights are the best at home  Smile

Anyone with good suggestions/tips.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:27 pm

Mel:
From all I've heard, the best thing to do is to get into a routine...especially for sleep. Go to bed at a definate time..get up at a definate time. And don't allow distractions while you're sleeping. ..phone off or on answering machine,
etc. Try to get all your sleep at once. Sleep in a dark room, and try not to bring the day's work problems home with you. Don't eat a big meal, then try to sleep It's even said to be a good idea go to bed at your "workday" time on your days off.
Having said all that,it's advice I can't follow. I'm used to working ten am-6pm and now find myself in at three am til noon....I go home, crash, and then stay up too late before going back to work...and feel tired most of the time.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:38 pm

Not yet, but as of Monday I'll be doing 14:00 to 02:00 Christmas post shifts with Royal Mail here in the UK, my official shift ends at 22:00, but I have been told that regular overtime is available, so I shall be working as much as possible.

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:17 pm

Been working nights for about 7 years, now I'm working 6pm to 6am shift. I like working nights, more goes on with the aircraft, less upper management to deal with! I dont have any tricks to sleep better, I go in cycles, for a couple months I'll sleep great during the day, then for a few weeks I'll sleep terrible (3-4 hours). The only thing I do is hang a dark sheet over the window, it helps but doesnt make a pitch black room. As far as keeping on the same night shift schedule on your days off, it makes sense and is probably the best for your body, but it's bad enough you work opposite of most people, why ruin your days off by being awake all night.
 
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:08 pm

Nights here, too. 6p-6a. I maintain my sleep schedule on my days off (which is why I am responding to your post at 4am on my night off). The only time I get screwed up is when I get off at 6am and have to be in court at 10am. That can make for a long day, especially if I have to be back at work at 6pm that night. Thankfully, that doesn't happen very often. One thing I like most about working nights with regard to a sleep schedule, is I don't need an alarm clock to wake up. I can sleep pretty much as long as I like (assuming there are no extenuating circumstances). I typically doze off around 8am and I wake up on my own around 2pm. Being single with no kids helps, too.

As for tips on being able to sleep while the rest of the world is up and about - TPAnx covered it pretty well. The only thing I would add is I keep my home phone off while I am sleeping but I keep my cell phone on in case someone truly needs to get a hold of me. Everyone who has my cell number also knows my sleep schedule and has the courtesy not to call me unless it's absolutely important (Michelle Pfeiffer, however, is free to call anytime, night or day, but has chosen not to do so thus far. I think she's just playing hard to get).
 
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:24 pm

Although it changes frequently, I work shifts (sometimes they are "on call" which sometimes makes it better) from 7PM-7AM. I used to work two part time jobs, with splitting the work weeks 2:3. I found that the best thing was to exercise a tad (short job or whatnot) before work and have a good breakfast, and to do my other exercising after work, then relax by reading or whatnot.

While many people don't like taking baths (shower before to get the grime off), I found that taking a hot bath before bed was the best thing to insure my body was ready to snooze.

During on call times, I'd try to sleep less than a block away from work (the ambulance barn) at a place we rented. When on call like that I'd just keep my pager by my ear and cat nap (when possible), which was the best way to deal with it. I'd also keep my lady with me as a surce of comfort.

About sleeping in the day...I actually find it preferable to sleep with noise. The sound of human voices puts me to sleep faster than greased lightning when I am not moving. (This has not helped with college.) I'll often leave my door cracked if there are people about, so that I can sleep faster. If this is not possible, I at least make sure that there is some sort of white noise, such as a fan.

Keep in mind that I'm only 18, so my body needs more sleep than an older person, and due to everything (line of work, age, family, etc.) my insight is probably not what most people would suggest, and may not work at all for you.

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:44 pm

I work nights too, 4X a week, 2030-0700.

Not much advice Mel. I put aluminum foil over my bedroom window to make it dark, but that doesn't help much. When I first started nights a year ago I could sleep all day because I was tired from being up all night. But now I don't sleep well- I find myself sleeping only a few hours at a time and on my days off my sleep patterns are irregular.

Don't eat anything before going to bed and don't drink anything with caffine- at all. Don't exercize or do anything that will excite you when you get home- that will just make it harder to fall asleep. If you do exercize, do it when you wake up. Thats about all I can say. The only reason I don't like working nights is because of my sleeping problems. We get new shifts in February, I'll try to get the swing shift: 5X a week, 1430-2200.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:22 pm

The worrying part is Im resting only 3-4 hrs 5 nights a week & 8hrs average on my Sat & Sun nights,Starting late.I don't feel tired or sleepy the rest of the time but loosing weight gradually.
Currently I'm working out & it helps being Exact proportions Weight wise.
But understandably 8 hrs rest is Important & is a concern.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:37 pm

Hi MEL,

Night shift here too.... 2200-0600 six nights on 3 off.

I try to keep to the same schedule on my days off but I move it by about 2 hours or so.

I don't do the black out curtains but sometimes use the eye shades from a first class amenity kit. I also use a meditation type CD to relax too and fall asleep.

I also turn my phone's ringer off!

If I need to go to bed later then normal due to a morning appt of something then I need to get up at my normal time and just suck it up. Otherwise I can't go to bed the next morning since I "slept in".

I'm glad you are losing weight. I started gaining weight on the night shift. I work out in the evening before work.

When your body is tired it will sleep. From what I was told it is important to pick a sleep routine and stick with it.

I hate the night shift. January I go to a split. some days 1400-2200 and others at 2200-0600.

We'll see how that works out. Anyone have any suggestions?

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:08 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
5 nights/week,average 2300hrs till the Last Aircraft flies or 0800hrs whichever is later.

That's what in my company would be considered a "graveyard" shift. I work the nightshift myself, but it's from 14:00 until 22:00, which still leaves time for me to get some good night's sleep, go to the bank, buy lunch/dinner, run errands and do some A.netting.  Wink
 
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:34 pm

Quoting ADXMatt (Reply 8):
I hate the night shift

Who does not.Its tough on the Person Mentally & Physically.But Someone has to do it.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:49 pm

I'm having a rollercoaster of shifts:
day 1: 6.30 - 16.30
day 2: 12.30 - 22.00
day 3: 21.30 - 07.00
After that I get two days off.
I usually try to go to bed every night at roughly the same time, so the only disruption in my sleeping pattern is day 3, where I only get to go to bed at around 9 in the morning... usually I need a day to recuperate from that  Smile
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:56 pm

Quoting Bwest (Reply 11):

Are you in Aviation.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:17 pm

Hallo, night shifts here as well. I work in aviation, usually 7PM to 7 AM, sometimes it varies and its from six to six. I ussually get two or three shifts in a row, then some days off. The worst thing is that I usually get one of two day shifts (7-19) in my monthly roster, now that can be painful as Im usually not able to get up and the whole morning is hell afterwards. When I have my days off, I usually go to bed at around 2-3 AM and get up around the noon, so that I can get a good portion of sleep and stil enjoy the day. Falling asleep after the night shift is tough though, I usually have some nice glass of wine or bottle of beer nefore going to bed, which helps me relax. Yeah, its a drug, but better then staring some hours to the cieling  Smile
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:27 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 12):
Are you in Aviation.

Nope, law inforcement... though I'm planning to change to the airport police (but not for another year....)
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:39 pm

My schedule:

MON 2300-0700
TUE 2300-0700
WED 1800-2200 (side job), 2300-0700
THU 2200-0400 (side job)
FRI 0630-1430 (side job)
SAT 1800-2300 (side job), 2300-0700
SUN 2300-0700

That looks worse than it really is. My side job is being available on a cell phone for a hoity-toity neighborhood, who rarely calls. Mostly, I watch TV, sleep and browse the internet. Plus, cops get so much time off, I can take a few days off every month, or so, without really denting my time bank.

Sleepwise, I usually knock-out around 0900 and get up at 1700. I turn the ringer off on the home phone, but keep the cell by the bed. Family, friends and businesses who need to call know not to do so while I'm sleeping. Door-to-door solicitors get met with a very grumpy guy in shorts, a t-shirt and a S&W 686 .357 in-hand.  grumpy 
 
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Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:01 am

New promotion came with a 1830-0500hr shift 4x a week. Hasn't been to bad. No traffice (always a good thing) , phones off, kids to school, wife to work, peace and quiet sleep to 1 or 2pm, although at work between 0300-0500 it was become a grind.
 
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:25 pm

Thats the best part of Night shifts.No Traffic on the roads  Smile
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Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:47 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 17):
Thats the best part of Night shifts.No Traffic on the roads

Exactly... and if there is traffic, it usually goes in the other direction... I just love walking to the trainstation in Brussels in the morning while everybody around me goes the other way  Smile  Smile
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:33 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
Anyone Working Night shifts out here.How many nights a week & how do you try to relax in the day.
Is your field of work tough.

I work day shift one week, night shift the next. As I'm typing this, it is 6:30 p.m. and I have to leave in thirty min. I'll be working 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m. tonite, tomorrow nite and the night after that. Next week, I'll be working Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. I deal with it the best way I can. I have an easy job actually but working in a mixing room causes one to be covered in dust.

Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
At times I struggle to rest in the day.So end up resting just 3-4 hrs & that makes the next night real tiring.

I get that amount of sleep during night shift as well. The thing is, even though one may only get a few hours sleep, most of it is REM sleep, which is all the body needs anyway.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 5):
While many people don't like taking baths (shower before to get the grime off), I found that taking a hot bath before bed was the best thing to insure my body was ready to snooze.

Getting a hot shower works for me as well.  Smile

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
The worrying part is Im resting only 3-4 hrs 5 nights a week & 8hrs average on my Sat & Sun nights,Starting late.I don't feel tired or sleepy the rest of the time but loosing weight gradually.
Currently I'm working out & it helps being Exact proportions Weight wise.
But understandably 8 hrs rest is Important & is a concern.

Again, I also get a few hrs. sleep a day when I work night shift but most of that is REM sleep. I also lose weight during my weeks on night shift which is a good thing. I need to lose about fifteen pounds Big grin

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 10):
Quoting ADXMatt (Reply 8):
I hate the night shift

Who does not.Its tough on the Person Mentally & Physically.But Someone has to do it.

I actually prefer night shift. It's peaceful and no bosses hanging around.  Smile

Quoting Bwest (Reply 11):
I'm having a rollercoaster of shifts:
day 1: 6.30 - 16.30
day 2: 12.30 - 22.00
day 3: 21.30 - 07.00
After that I get two days off.
I usually try to go to bed every night at roughly the same time, so the only disruption in my sleeping pattern is day 3, where I only get to go to bed at around 9 in the morning... usually I need a day to recuperate from that

I need a day or two to get "back to normal" as well.

Good Day  Smile

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:38 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
Anyone Working Night shifts out here

I work 7:30pm till 4am Tuesday through Saturday.

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:25 pm

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 19):
Getting a hot shower works for me as well.

Hot showers are nice too, but I like to take a long time in letting it all "soak in," and after a long day I no longer feel like standing on my feet. I've been thinking about getting one of those foot spas...ahhh...nice.

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:10 pm

What about time for Social life & Family time.I try to make the Maximum of Between Sat Afternoon to Mon Night.
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:50 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 22):
What about time for Social life & Family time

What's that?  Wink

Good Day  Smile

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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:29 pm

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 23):
What's that

I guess you've been doing night shifts for a long long long time  Smile
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RE: Anyone Working Night Shifts Out Here

Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:05 am

Same industry, nights and days, always 7 to 7, five days on five off (5 days 7pm to 7 am, then 5 days off, followed by five shifts 7 am to 7 pm).

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