I love the holiday season and the memories from my childhood that it reminds me of. Today, I think about spending time with family, and the time I will have off from my graduate school studies. The holidays can also be hectic and stressful at times if you let them. So many nurses find this to be their most stressful time of the year. With trying to manage their career schedules, family demands, and bringing it all together can be hard on anyone.
Every day I see nurses who exhibit signs of being burned out. They may show up late, are not engaged in their work, have a poor attitude, are not team players, and are showing signs that they have lost that fire they once had for patient care shortly after graduating from nursing school. I believe all nurses at their core want the best for their patients and is the main reason they entered nursing in the first place. However, many nurses find after a few years they lose this passion for the profession and find themselves dreading every day they must go to work.
Sleep is a major issue for many nurses and health-care workers in general. We are a very go-go profession that will not stop until our body makes us. Switching back to day shift has helped me a lot on this. Here are some things I have done to help increase my quality of sleep. These principles I have learned over the past ten years are universal for sleeping at night or during the day. I have had experience with both and here is what I have learned.
Finding a way to get to sleep at a normal time after working night-shift is often challenging for most nurses and other professionals. To fall asleep and stay asleep the night after finishing your last shift, you need to be intentional about getting back on track if this is your plan. Personally, I want to get back on track, because my wife usually wants to go to bed around 10 pm. Currently, I work four night shifts in a row during the week and leave work by 800 am. It takes me about 35 to 45 minutes to get home in the morning. A longer drive than most nurses. With the advice in this article, I can fall asleep by 10 pm on Friday night and wake up Saturday at 630 am and feel rested. Also, I sleep normally throughout the weekend until I start my first night shift on Monday night.
Being a nurse for the last ten years has been challenging on my sleep patterns at times. There are many things you can do to ensure you get to sleep quicker and stay asleep. We all want a deeper, quality sleep to feel rested when we wake up. These techniques work if you are sleeping during the day or night. So here goes!