If you’re a travel nurse switching from day-to-night shift for the first time, don’t let induced stress and sleepless nights come as a surprise.
You may struggle to stay awake and alert during work at first. Just don’t forget, you are not alone. Plenty of nurses have been through the exact same transition time-and-time before.
It’s Okay to Ask for Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to ask for help. Start by looking to other nurses on your floor for advice, and don’t be afraid to lean on family and friends for further encouragement and support.
Don’t Neglect Your Health
Taking care of yourself is key to adjusting to your new routine. It’s important to avoid consuming too much caffeine and long, cat naps. For starters, having a cup of coffee to start your shift is smart. Drinking it later on in the night is not! The consumption of coffee, caffeinated tea and carbonated drinks interrupt sleep pattern by decreasing your ability to fall asleep with ease.
Furthermore, never take lengthy naps. Instead, recharge yourself before shifts by sleeping in spurts of 30-minutes or less.
Eat Well and Workout When You Can
No matter how exhausted you are, keep moving when you can. Go on a brisk walk on your days off, take the stairs, try yoga and don’t forget to eat well.
Simple Sleep Tricks to Try
In case you still find yourself struggling to get enough rest, here are a few tricks to help you snooze:
- Invest in blackout curtains
- Avoid noise
- Put away pets
- Meditate before lying down
- Try breathing exercises
- Avoid using electronic devices and eating an hour before bed
Are you looking for more support? Contact us today at www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr.