I rotate shifts every 4 weeks and I absolutely hate 3rd shift. Some months on 3rd are OK, while others are horrible! It takes me a good 2 weeks to get into the 'groove' and even then, I always feel tired.
Whatta you guys do to help you get to sleep and/or stay asleep?
I work in a factory and it's physically involved. It takes me atleast 2-3 hours to *wind down* after my shift (shift ends at 8am). I sleep when I get home so I'm awake at night to spend time with my husband. I can get myself to sleep (sometimes) but rarely stay asleep for a full 7 hours unless I take DRUGS (laugh - Unisome, Excedrin PM, etc). I'll sometimes have a beer to help get to sleep... My room is about as dark as I can get it. Ringers are off. I wear a pair of those goofy eye-mask things to further block out the light. I take meds at night to clear my sinuses so I can breathe better while sleeping.
But I guess I'm looking for some magical miracle cure to get my ass to sleep and get a full night sleep so I don't feel like a zombie when I get to work.
Even with a full 7-8 hours of sleep, after 6 hours at work ....if I sit down somewhere for longer than 5 minutes, I'd fall asleep!
It's like living in a constant dream state..... I'm usually a very high-strung-get things done- kinda person. On this shift - I don't feel like doing a damn thing!!
Has anyone tried (or use) Melatonin supplements? I've read they can help...
Or any other suggestions - let me know!