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Old 08-11-2011, 10:45 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Walking zombie, that is what I was during my quarantine in graveyard shift.....could never really get enough sleep during the day. Earplugs and Blindfold should help some....good luck.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:48 PM
Location: Chicago
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Invest in earplugs. You'd be surprised how much the ambient noise of standard daytime activities outside your door/window can disturb your sleep even if it never fully wakes you up. Make your room dark if you can; and if you can't, buy a sleeping mask, the one that looks like a Lone Ranger mask but without any eye cutouts.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:31 AM
Location: In a house
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Originally Posted by ScoopLV View Post

New job, low man on the totem. So, I'm pulling graveyard for awhile. I have a few days to prepare myself for the schedule shift. Is there any smart way to prepare oneself for the 10p-6a shift? Even after a lifetime of "wake up at 6 a.m., go to bed at 11 p.m.?"
I think some folks who have trouble adjusting, try to adjust in an inefficient way. Rather than think of the time, think of the ritual:

1. Wake up.
2. Get ready for work.
3. Work
4. Come home
5. Do a bunch of things til supper time
6. Eat Supper
7. Do a bunch more things til bedtime
8 Bedtime
Rinse, Repeat.

Instead, a lot of 3rd shifters do this:
Wake up
Do a bunch of things
Get ready for work
Come home
Eat breakfast
Go to bed

It messes up the routine your body thrives on, no matter what time of day or night it is. It's not shifting your mind out of the "morning is for breakfast, evening is for dinner, night is for sleep" mode.

Some people can handle doing it that way, some can't. But if you can't handle it that way (which you'll find out if you try the first day or two), then at least now you know what kind of shift you need to make.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:19 AM
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Don’t even try to prepare. Just get through it. It usually takes three months for your body to adjust where you are getting solid sleep in the day. Blocking out the light and noise does help a lot. In the beginning you will just sleep when your body has had enough. Caffeine and low sugar snacks are your friend. If your work performance is dragging. Luckily it won’t matter because your supervisor is pissed off that they are working graveyard also so nobody seems to care. Once you got things down. Stick to them every day if possible. Altering your sleep pattern on your days off is one of the reasons why some never adjust.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:55 AM
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Eat less food, eat healthier. A night shift is hell on your metabolism. Watch the carbs, eat more protien. And buy an espresso machine!
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