Erg, nightshift is hard. I tend to cope ok on shift - just about - but for two days after I'm fatigued. All I seem to be able to do is sit and watch youtube videos.
Well, not quite, I've done a bit of housework today but when I got up this morning I realised we'd lost the sink, the carpet and the spare room to general clutter so I didn't really have a choice. It feels much nicer to be sleepy in a tidy room.
Aside from copious amount of caffeine from tea (coffee in large quantities gives me tummy ache), I have a few other tactics I use during nightshift:
- I don't expect too much. I get the job done and well, but I don't expect to be as on it as I am during the day. For instance, I'll leave checking emails, getting discharge notes done, etc. for day shifts
- I drink some nice flavoured electrolytes in water, either during your shift, or during the time between shifts. I find the headaches and fatigue I get from night shift are really reduced if I've kept well hydrated. I know some people use berocca but I really like Hammer electrolytes, I've used them in sports before. The grapefruit flavour is especially nice and it is calorie free (I try not to snack on nights because I end up wanting crisps, milk chocolate and other things that are quite bad for you)
- I take some music along on my ipod. If i'm really tired, listening to something really loud and energetic can really help get myself together for those last few hours. This is particularly helpful for the hilarity factor, I have it on my phone. And it's very cheerful. Although I have no idea what it's about
- Chocolate covered coffee beans - because sometimes having a sore tummy is worth it!
- I cycle to and from work especially on night shift, this helps with the slight depression alot of people get on nights
What about you? How do you cope?