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PATTIJOHNSON Posts: 2,075
6/26/13 4:04 P

I worked night shifts for years and remember how difficult it was to try and sleep during the day and then switch back to sleeping nights on my off days so I could enjoy the same things my family was doing. The first day back to work was always the worst, because I would stay up all day with my family and then try to go to sleep at 3 or 4 in the afternoon....found it near impossible to fall asleep then. Next day I would be exhausted. The only suggestion I can make is to stay up for a few hours when you get home in the morning (just like you would do if you were getting home from work in the evening. Get black-out curtains for your bedroom so it's as dark as possible, and use a little white noise (like a fan) or low radio....no TV, no reading. Just go to bed and shut your eyes. You'll need as much sleep as you can get until you get a regular schedule that you can be comfortable with. Good thing is that you are probably only working 3 days (?) to be full-time.

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GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (109,291)
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6/26/13 10:32 A

I work shift work. It can be very hard on sleep patterns /exercise/proper nutrition, so make sure to carve out a schedule and stick with it. Your sleep will be the most important in the beginning and the hardest to adjust to a new schedule. On the other hand, I find working 12 hour shifts keep me out of the "snack" zone.

So............pack healthy lunches and snacks for work. That's my best tip. Don't fall prey to the vending machine.

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 743
6/26/13 10:26 A

It's good you have found a way to fit in your exercise with a night shift schedule. I work swing so I'm pretty much still on a normal day schedule. I only get 6 hours of sleep when I work but I try to get more rest the other days I don't work.

Is it wrong to fight time, to turn it back or push it forward? Time was never mine.
CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (63,338)
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6/26/13 9:51 A

I work 17:00 - 5:00 - here is what my "day" looks like

13:00 - wake up and breakfast
15:00 - 16:00 - work out
1600:16:45 - get ready for work
17:00 - start work and have a snack
20:00 - Lunch (largest meal of the day)
Midnight - Dinner (smallest meal of the day)
3:00 - snack
6:00 - bed

Sometimes if I am feeling extra hungry, I will add a third snack, but not often. I workout in the afternoon before work, but to me, that is no different than people hitting the gym at 6am - it just happens that 15:00 is my 6am

I hope that helps

Edited by: CORTNEY-LEE at: 6/26/2013 (09:52)


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,940
6/26/13 9:19 A

Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=217


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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
HOT4FITNESS Posts: 2,589
6/26/13 8:35 A

I am starting a new job mid July and I will be working 12 hour night shifts 7pm to 7 am. This is a new experience for me and I am sure I will face new challenges in fitting my fitness into the game. Anyone have some advice or tips to make this the most successful transition to stay on track with my Spark journey. Certainly don't want to lose all that I have worked so hard for.

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