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That's a hard one...I work the same hours. I would suggest getting that extra sleep the first day before you go in but I know you end up feeling like you are sleeping your life away. I try to atleast take a nap.
Currenty I'm working 12 hour night shifts (which, as you know, are really 13 to 14 hours long).
I drive an hour to and from work, and usually work my three shifts on consecutive nights, leaving not a lot of time to sleep. I don't sleep extra before I go in for my first of the three nights and so am up for over 24 hours in a row.
If this is familiar to you, can you share how you spread a day's worth of food over this longer timeframe? Once I make it through that first night I'm sort of ok, but I probably eat enough for two that first shift. I find myself snacking to fight fatigue - probably counter productive - and have gained 20 pounds over the past two years. I have great willpower while I'm alert and focused, but once I loose that edge I make very poor choices.
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