Without preparation, switching to an overnight position can be very hard for healthcare professionals. It can be extremely damaging to one’s body and psyche. There is a thing called Shift Work Disorder (SWD), which is a diagnosed issue for overnight shift workers and can lead to an increased risk of health issues. This along with the added stress and change on your body makes it crucial to have a plan in place for tackling this transition. Whether it seems like a night owls dream or a daunting change in lifestyle, you should always have a plan in place to make this switch easier. Here we are going to give you five exciting tips and tricks to tackle just this.
Create a Routine
This is probably the most important step when making this change. Getting a planner and writing down when your day-to-day plan will help create a routine to stick with. Make sure to carve out time for yourself to relax and get some “me time” in when needed as well. Working night is all about having a routine and having it down, so when you find the routine that works for you, stick with it.
Everyone knows how important sleep is, there is no questioning that, but this is especially true in the healthcare world. You need to have the right amount of sleep so you can provide the best care to your patients, yourself, and your family. When you are about to transition, you need to take time in order to plan out when you will get your much needed rest, and everyone is different, so you need to research what approach works best for you and your needs. You also need to be sure that you don’t do a sudden change in your sleeping all at once as that can disrupt your body appetite, and energy.
A quality nights sleep is also super important when making the change to nightshift. There are many things that you can do to be sure the rest you do get is restful. Small changes that you can do is invest in a good pair of blackout curtains for the bedroom, put your phone on the do not disturb mode, by a white noise machine, and be sure the people in your life know that your sleeping schedule is changing so they are aware of it as well. Uninterrupted sleep is needed and taking these small steps will make huge improvements in your sleeping.
Being hydrated during your long dark shift will keep you feeling alert and energized throughout the entire evening. We all know the sure fire 8 glasses a day, but that should be done throughout the entire day as well as during your shift. You can find many tips and tricks on how to get yourself to drink more water to combat the tiredness of the nightshift online. A few of these tips would be to always have a bottle of water with you, setting a timer to remind yourself, and drinking it with a straw.
A positive attitude can go a long way and can greatly improve your time working night shifts. There are many benefits that working night shift provides such as being able to spend more time with your family, having time during the day to run errands or do fun and exciting things that you wouldn’t be able to with a regular day shift. Always have a positive attitude and it will take you far.
MSG Staffing has the team in place to help you with the change. We are here to help you with any transition needed to get you into the position you’ve been wanting. We would love to help you make this change and make the change easy. Call us now to find a new exciting role that fits your needs with a team that will make it happen for you.
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