There is growing research evidence that working night shift could adversely affect one's health. But sometimes working night shift is the only option. If you must work while others sleep, take steps to improve your ability to sleep during the day. Here's additional tips for nurses and other health care laborers who work night shift.
Have caffeine at the beginning of your shift and not later than 6 hours before you get off work.
Turn off your doorbell, phone and any electronic alarms
Record your favorite night time movie and watch it when you get home. This might trick your brain into thinking it is night, writes authors Sharples and Kelly in " A hard day’s night.
Have a bedtime routine and start your bedtime preparations about 30 minutes before going to bed.
Use black out curtains or a black eye shield You can purchase a black eye shield at Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon or at a AAA travel store.
Try ear plugs to block unwanted noise
Get a white noise machine. You can purchase a white noise machine for as little as $40.00. Don't want to spend the money, try a fan.
Nurses and other healthcare workers must work during the night because illness does not take breaks nor only occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We should all appreciate the sacrifies night shift nurses and healthcare providers make so the rest of us can recover or maintain our health.