Shiftwork

Shiftwork

Shiftwork Questions

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by 145 · about 20 hours ago

So, I work 3 twelve hour night shifts a week. Normally they are all in a row. The night before they start I usually stay up til 1 or 2 in the morning or nap before the day of. I get off work at 7:30, try to be in bed by 8:30 am and get 8 full... (more)

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Chanda 0 · February 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I'm kind of in your situation, and I've found that drinking herbal teas that are meant to help you relax help a lot with sleeping. There's one brand called Traditional Medicinals that makes a Sleep Aid tea that tastes pretty good. That might help... (more)

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by 547 · about 21 hours ago

Graduated this month with a BSN and landed my dream job in a surgical/trauma unit BUT it's night shift. I know, I know - all the evidence in the world says night shifts are detrimental to health. However, in reality this is the starting place for... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · May 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

My girlfriend is an RN - she has been working only the night shift for 3+ years now. What she does (and a lot of the other nurses she works with) is she takes Vit C, Vit B complex, Selenium, Chromium & Vit D before she goes into work - then... (more)

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by 152 · about 21 hours ago

I'm going to start a new job in about 3 weeks and I think I will need to get up around 5 or 6am. Right now, i have a twofold problem- I am a night owl and get a second wind around 10 (and find it difficult to go to sleep early) and for the next... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · January 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Melatonin has been shown to be very effective in reseting circadian rhythms for shift workers and travelers. Try 1 mg sublingual 20 minutes before you SHOULD go to bed for your new schedule. Get ready for bed and get comfy. If you don't feel... (more)

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by 20 · October 24, 2014 at 3:08 AM

So glad I found this site. A lot of questions I've found some answers to on my paleo lifestyle. I work third shift, I do cross fit 2x a week and weight training 2x week. Prior to going paleo on the third shift I could sleep on demand. Now that... (more)

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Patrik 0 · October 06, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Great question. A couple things come to mind: 1) Lack of good sleep is really bad. My wife and I just had a baby, and right now we are both suffering from lack of restful sleep -- and my cortisol levels are probably shot to hell -- I put on 10... (more)

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by 1240 · October 23, 2014 at 3:55 AM

My schedule changes weekly, but a typical week could be something like this: Moday 7:30a-3:30p Tues 11:30a-7:30p Wed: off Thurs: 2p-10:30 Friday 2:00p-10:30 Sat: off Sun: 7:30a-3:30p It's rare that I have less than 12 hours between shifts, but I... (more)

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Sayeds 0 · December 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I drink tart cherry juice before bed. It has a small amount to melatonin so that it doesn't disrupt your bodies own production, and I get the best sleep ever. I also suggest like all the people above to go to bed and get as close to the same... (more)

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by 5 · October 22, 2014 at 3:11 AM

It's one thing to be paleo, it's another to be paleo and work as a cop. Late hours, long surveillances...it makes meals a bit more difficult, especially when pulling a 12 hour shift. For the most part my meals are under control, but when it comes... (more)

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Pete 0 · April 04, 2011 at 3:41 PM

This is very hard. It takes effort for sure. I'm a cop too, and the late shift is a bear... Do you work rotating shifts? Day shift most of the time? One thing that works for me is intermittent fasting. I try not to eat at all for an 8 hour shift.... (more)

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by 0 · October 20, 2014 at 4:02 AM

Anyone on PlaeoHacks working shift-work? Just wondering how you adjust your diet around that time: how much do you eat, when you eat. I work on 12 hour rotations, usually 6 to 6 or 10 to 10. Anyone has advice that really works for them? I... (more)

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LateralFractal 0 · September 03, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Intermittent fasting can free up your schedule; as fasts of 12, 24, 36 or even 48 hours are not unheard of on an established ketogenic diet. Meals get larger, intervals get longer; aggregate cooking time doesn't scale up as much as volume - so... (more)

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by 55 · October 20, 2014 at 3:06 AM

So.. I work 3 am to 3 pm shifts, six in a row, then eight days off. I obviously have trouble getting enough sleep on my work days. I must be asleep by six fifteen pm in order to get eight hours on my work days. A tough task. My shift is not... (more)

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Mike_6 0 · September 26, 2010 at 3:24 AM

Tavis, my shift work varies from around 7 hours to 3-4 broken up when I'm at one job (Im on duty for 48 hours and sleep there,) and about 6 when I'm at the other (and get to sleep at home.) I have been making the change to paleo, and just got... (more)

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