My daughter works nights at a hospital, and she finally came to the realization that she HAD to keep that "day sleeper" schedule all the time, not just on days when she will be working that evening. Even though she's young, trying to sleep "whenever" was definitely affecting her moods and her diet.
If you want to continue in the job you're at, you may have to compromise. How about the hubby drops the child off at day care on his way to work, and then you pick her up later? Could HE get another job with more regular hours? That would be the most obvious solution, IMO. Can you ask about getting more/most of your shifts on days the hubby is off, allowing him to watch the child all day while you sleep?
As far as diet goes, you should probably try to keep "stimulant" foods and drinks to a bare minimum, as these just mask the problem. 5 hour energy might work, but it's not addressing the real issue, which is lack of sleep. Maybe you could try smaller, more frequent meals during your waking time? Are you tracking your food here on spark? If you are, are you hitting your ranges on most days? Focus on quality nutrition and getting some exercise in there, and sleeping whenever you can, even if it's only an hour nap.
I really don't know how employers expect to get good quality work from their employees who have to put in these kinds of hours. Since sleep deprivation causes ghrelin levels to rise in your body and leptin levels to fall, your hormones will make you hungry. If you can keep high-calorie foods out of the house as much as possible and prepare healthy meals and snacks ahead of time when you do have a little time off, that may help. Also if you can come as close as possible to a regular exercise schedule, that may help.
Good luck and you have my sympathy. I'm no fun to be around when I haven't had adequate sleep. That's a hard way to live.
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I work 3 12hr shifts a week, usually not all in a row and most of the time they are night shifts. However, because my husband works from ~1pm-10pm, I have to stay up with our 3 year old daughter during the day. He lets me sleep on the mornings when I may have work again that night, but I'm finding that my sleep deprivation is really hurting my health. Basically my schedule can go like this: sleep normal night hours one night, awake during the day (usually no chance for a nap), go to work at 8pm, occasionally can nap at work for an hour or two, off at 8am and then awake all day again until bed time that night. Unfortunately I can't change my work schedule/availability and this job is the highest paying one I can have here where I live. Plus it keeps the paid babysitting to a minimum, which is necessary on our budget.
What I'm looking for is some advice on whether or not there are certain foods that would help me stay on a little bit more even keel. I realize I'm asking for a miracle, and I know the most logical response will be to find a job that isn't compromising my health, however that's not an option at the moment. I eat a fairly healthy diet and feel like I know a good bit about nutrition, but would love a little input from some outsiders! Thank you!
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