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Posted over 4 years ago

 

I have worked 3rd shift for about three and a half years now.  Over the past six months i have had a problem getting more than three hours of sleep a day when im on shifts. When im off shifts i adjust to the familys scheadule and i get a full eight hours of sleep. When i am on shifts and i do sleep its not a deep and restfull sleep. Ive tried about everything besides going to the doctor and getting meds. and i do not want to do that. Does anyone have any ideas that might help? 

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Darker, quieter and ...... cooler. Works for me.  I don't know where you are, but even here in Ohio with the cold weather coming, I would rather have a fan running and extra blankets if the noise helps, but you really need a bat cave sometimes.


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Brooks is absolutely right.  I have cardboard that I cut to the size of the windows.  When I'm working I slip them in behind the mini-blinds and have near total darkness.  I also use a box fan ($10 at Wal-mart) year round.  We work 12-hour shifts which doesn't leave much time for sleep so I sometimes take a Tylenol PM between shifts.  Occasional use is not habit forming and you don't build a tolerance for the med.  Also limit liquid intake, especially caffienated drinks.  As I've aged my silly kidneys don't realize they're supposed to be asleep.


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The darker the room the better and you could also try some soothing music.

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I just re-read your post and realized you've been "dog-watch" for over three years.  I guess the insomnia is a new development?  Maybe a visit to the doctor is in order.  Not necessarily for meds but at least for advice.  Good luck.


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I made a very small investment in some light blocking curtains like these http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10098005.  Truly the best money I have ever spent!


 


 


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That is the nature of the beast. I worked last out (midnights) for many years and was pleased if I got 5 hours of non-interrupted sleep. I turned the phone off and the recorder down which helped.

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My schedule is screwed up, since we rotate days and nights every 2 weeks.  I cant seem to sleep when Im on nights, but the WalMart ECLIPSE curtains helped a lot.

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You might try going to your local drugstore and picking up a bottle of melatonin. It's over the counter and 100% safe and non-addictive. Your body produces it to shut your body down. Helps me fall asleep and keep me there. Along with the other suggestions posted in here, I also put on a fan that helps block out any noises that might break your sleep cycle.


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Thanks guys for the suggestions. It really is appreciated.

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 I used to work straight 11 p.m. -7 a.m.  and found I Can't sleep during the day. Hope you find your way to sleep.

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I use black-out curtains in my room and set it up to where it reduces 90% of sunlight into the bedroom. I also keep my ceiling fan going on high speed just to add a little noise to help me sleep. There are times during the year, for some strange reason, I can only get 3-5 hours of sleep and that's it! That sleep pattern normally runs for about 1-3 months, but afterwards, I can get back to 7-9 hours of sleep.


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I also work the night shift. I actually never have trouble sleeping. Alot of it could be because I am single and do not kids so I don't have any of that to worry about. I sometimes get too much sleep and feel like I have slept the day away. I get off at 5a.m. in the morning get home around 5:30 and get to bed around 6  or 6:30, I sleep until around 2 when on shift.  On my days off I do Have trouble sleeping at night though....Just so use to being awake at night I guess.

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You've received a bunch of great answers. But, as was mentioned, if your inability to get good sound sleep is recent, then maybe your body is just telling you that you've got a problem, and medical intervention is needed. Black out curtains/material across the windows, little to no lights on inside the bedroom, cool temp, these all work. I use earplugs as well, and wake up to a soft light from the alarm clock.


Good luck on finding a fix. You need your sleep.

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brother, just a question as i have not seen it arise thus far in this thread-WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SLEEP? WHEN YOU COME HOME AT 8-9AM IN  THE MORNING OR ARE YOU STAYING UP AND DOING WHATEVER TILL ABOUT 2PM THEN SLEEPING TILL 10P THEN UP AND AT EM?

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I feel your pain. I've been on nights most of my career (just under 2 years now) and I live in an apt (single) so I have all kinds of noise going on. I usually get one day a week where I'm SO tired my body just gives up and I get like a good 8 hours of good hard deep sleep. Other than that I just deal with it.

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I have not been on midnights since 95, but looks like I'm heading back there in March. I never had a problem sleeping, but my plan was straight home and straight to bed. Black plastic on the window, making the room so dark you can't see  your hand in front of your face. Close the door and never heard a thing. No kids, no dog. so it was quiet.  Never tried the fan.

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Between 3 kids, daytime scheduled wife, dogs and obnoxious neigbors, I am lucky to get 4-5 hours a day. Been on nights for most of the last 15 years have yet to find a good solution. If you find one, let me know.

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Mikie i do not get to bed until around 930 or 1000. i get off at 8 but after doing a shift report and my drive im not home until after 9.

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I have been on nights for the better part of the past thirty years.  I understand your plight.  I invested in the black out curtains, I run a ceiling fan and have another fan on my nightstand, mostly for the humming noise, I tried the ear plugs but they bothered me and I occassionally wear a night mask for even more darkness.  I went five years getting no more than three hours of sleep a day and it nearly killed me.  A trip to the doctor helped me out, no meds but I learned there was no physical problem to worry about.  Have you tried taking a nap when you get in and going back to bed after you've been up a bit?  It is how I sleep, still only about five hours a day but that seems to work for me.


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I've worked 3rd's for the past year and the best method for sleep that I've found is to come home and eat something, watch a little tv and wait until you cant hold your head up and then go lay down. If I come in and go straight to bed it makes me restless. I usually put the tv on a music channel and just crash.

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well, i think that is part of the problem, if you were a citizen working a 8-4 job, you would not come home an hour later and go to bed, i think you need to do things for a few hours, then sleep, and when you arise-its time to shit shave shower and go to work.

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MIKIESPLACE says ...



 "when you arise-its time to shit shave shower and go to work."


Well put Mike.



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Reading through the posts, it sounds as if there are truly a lot of LE out there that face the same obstacles to working third shift as I did. Finally on a day shift, which took some time (almost 5 yrs.). I also employed the fan and darkening shades, along with making the bed as comfortable as I could. I like the room colder as well, which is easy in Wisconsin this time of the year, and I have that ol reliable fan running every night still. I avoid and always have avoided sleep aids. As for lack of sleep, that is no stranger to me, even working day shifts. Your body sometimes just adjusts to it and expects only a limited amount of sleep, and so you wake up after a few hours and can't get back to sleep. And since you have a family, you most assuredly want to be up and spend time with them. Try some of the suggestions offered by myself and other officers, and see what happens. Best of luck.

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Melatonin works for me. When I was on steady midnights 2315-0750, I would come home do all my errands and sleep from 1300-2100 with no problem. That was when I had no wife and kids. Now I have a wife and two kids. I also work in a different department where I rotate 1,3,2 shifts every two weeks. Now with the family to consider I'm luck to get 5 or 6 hours. Melatonin works to get me drowsy and to sleep. I just can't sleep too long.

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I have worked the 3rd shift for going on 6 years, all by choice. Dark velvet curtians, a really cool room I'm talking 60 deg or so, an electric blanket works magic!!  I have found that there is no way to get directly to sleep when you get home.  Get your errands and chores done in the early hours after shift.  I have tried the OTC Sleep MD, tabs.  They help you relax enough to grab at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep without the drugged feeling.  Good Luck!


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May I reply as one who worked late and midnites all of my life on the job and off, I love the night and try as a civilian to sleep a few hours during the day, my time clock is set for three too four hours a night, crap did I say CILIVIAN, NOooooooooooooooo!



 


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I have always worked the nite shift, Im a nite owl, I dont usually have trouble sleeping during the day. I love the nite shift, more goes on at nite.

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Limit your late night "eyelid integrity checks"...but seriously, it may be due to some stressors at work or home where you think too much that makes you restless.  Give yourself a self evaluation on this and see if you need to talk with somebody...be it a peer or professional to put your mind at ease.


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