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I work nights and sleep in the day and have foundsome things that work OK for me most of the time.
I DO find that having the TV on in the bedroom is good. It does seem to desensitise you to other daytime noises like doors opening and closing, voices and movement around the house.
The other thing I found is that I used to wake up after 3-5 hours if I went to bed within 2 hours of getting home. I started forcing myself to stay up until about midday to 1pm and then go to bed.( I finish work at 7am) This enabled me to sleep for 7-9 hours pretty much solid and then get up and have up to 2 hours to wake up properly, have something to eat and go to work at 11pm.
I reversed all my meals so that I have "breakfast" when I get up from my sleep, dinner or lunch at work and the other meal about 2 hours after I get home.
This means that I am doing what I would do if I was on day shift only in reverse.
Was hard at the beginning but I have persevered with it and I now get a good solid sleep every day.
TV is good for dozing off though. I make a point of shutting my eyes in the ads and am usually asleep by the third set.
Hope some of this may help
My husband worked shifts for years where he sometimes had to sleep during the day. He always slept with the television on. He said it was a constant sound so he wasn't startled awake by the sounds of people moving around in the house, cars, dogs, etc. Don't think it would work for me though.
If you work at night there is something called shift work sleep disorder. I really don't know much about it but there is a lot of info on the internet that might help you deal with it if that is what is going on. I would think it is harder to get sleep during the day if you work at night, especially if this is new for you. Maybe talk to your doctor about options. Good luck! I hope you can get some rest!
Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx
“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” A. A. Milne
Why can't I sleep more than 5 hrs without waking in the daytime?