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the affect of night shifts on me.

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TaggieCrimbleBlack Thu 06-Dec-12 19:00:19

1. Zits
2. Bowel more irritable than normal.
3. Dry skin.
4. Sore bleedy gums
5. TMJ flare up
6. Snappy
7. Tired
8. Tired
9. Tired
10. Tired

TaggieCrimbleBlack Thu 06-Dec-12 19:01:14

11. Shocking grammar.

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Thu 06-Dec-12 19:01:44


scurryfunge Thu 06-Dec-12 19:01:58

Agree. Night shifts are not good for your health ( but it was always my favourite shift).

LightHousekeeping Thu 06-Dec-12 19:03:46

They are a necessary evil if that's the line of work you are in. I think they are useful at certain points in your life. Are they new to you?

TaggieCrimbleBlack Thu 06-Dec-12 19:06:20

Nah. Always done some. Always hated them. Beyond evil.

Floralnomad Thu 06-Dec-12 19:08:17

I've done nights since 1988 albeit part time . I love going to bed during the day!

TaggieCrimbleBlack Thu 06-Dec-12 19:14:07

How can I make it easier. I°m so tired I could cry. Need to leave again in 45 mins.

SantaWearsBlueSuedeStilettos Thu 06-Dec-12 19:15:55

I get the zits and dry skin. It's a nightmare cos my nights are 2 days out of every 10 so it never fully goes until I have some time off! sad

ENormaSnob Thu 06-Dec-12 19:21:47

I feel the same about day shifts tbh.

Especially earlies.

ledkr Thu 06-Dec-12 19:22:21

I became quite ill on nights. Looking back I think I may have suffered a breakdown!
My gp signed me off for a bit then occupational health reduced my nights.
I could never go back to them now.

McChristmasPants2012 Thu 06-Dec-12 19:26:58

i feel sorry for my husband, he does 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm and 10pm-6am a week of each.

nights are the worse, i did them before DC and vowed only if we was in dire need i would do it again

Fivemoreminutesmummy Thu 06-Dec-12 19:28:17

YANBU. I hate them, dread them for far too long in advance, feel ill through the night and can't sleep in the day. Uurgh!

scurryfunge Thu 06-Dec-12 19:28:55

I found night shifts easier if I stayed up on returning home, instead of going to bed straight away. Have some proper down time before going to bed. On night shifts it is easy to eat crap food, so proper meal plans are advisable.
Quality sleep is best. Do you get disturbed during the day? Do you get up earlier than you should? My night shift sleep was usually about 4/5 hours when normally 7 would be ideal.

GlaikingAroundTheChristmasTree Thu 06-Dec-12 19:32:04

Get a SAD lamp, you know one of those sunshine substitutes. Put it on your desk (assuming y have one) really helped me when I did might shifts. Control room operator for the police, so I was at my desk the whole shift. I appreciate if you are a nurse this won't work.

headfairy Thu 06-Dec-12 19:35:18

McChristmasPants, is your dh a copper?

I hate nights too... In winter I pretty much never see daylight, in summer I can't sleep during the day because it's too warm/people are out and about making too much noise/I resent being indoors if it's sunny.

The only upside is that when I finish on Friday morning I know I'm going home to bed while everyone else looking miserable on the tube is off to work for one more day.

Still hate them though. I get fat on nights because I comfort eat like a biatch.

FutTheShuckUp Thu 06-Dec-12 19:35:34

Hated them. Made my IBS ten times worse, id always vomit from 5am onwards, cry all day on my last shift and become a general irrational snap dragon.
Luckily ive just started a 9-5 job and it suits me so much more!

hugoagogo Thu 06-Dec-12 19:37:35

Oh god night shifts- I lost so much weight and got a chest infection when I dabbled in them. Never again. although losing weight sounds good

You have my pity.

SauvignonBlanche Thu 06-Dec-12 19:39:50

I don't miss nights. I thought I'd have to one tonight when I couldn't cover the shift but managed it at the last minute.
I'll probably kiss the nurse in the morning.
I can understand your pain.

Shesparkles Thu 06-Dec-12 19:40:36

Mcchristmas pants, I used to do these shifts too. But we did 7 nights, 7 lates and 7 earlies and it was hell on earth!
We now do 3x2 and it's sooo much better. I love my nightshifts, but having just been off for about 10 weeks following surgery, it's the healthiest I've felt for a very long time, 8 hours sleep a night every night. I didn't realise how much the shifts take out of me until I had an extended break from them.

Zits and digestive problems are my worst symptoms- I get horrendously painful wind at about 4 am when I'm on nights-it's agony!

McChristmasPants2012 Thu 06-Dec-12 19:40:47

no, he is a warehouse supervisor.

SantasLittleControlGeek Thu 06-Dec-12 19:42:14

How long are your shifts? Are they varied with day shifts or can you get into a routine with them? Are you alone on your night shifts? Can you vary them with periods of time when you can break routine?

DP used to do variable shifts, 3 x 7am - 7pm days, 3 x 7pm - 7am nights and 3 days off. Ultimately it gave him diabetes but he did have the freedom (eventually, when the night shifts were cut down from 2 to 1 staff) to do periodic physical workouts, reading, internet. Food wise, cook when you can (proper food), freeze it and make it easy for yourself to have healthy reheats. Sorry you are feeling so shit sad

Allegrogirl Thu 06-Dec-12 19:44:31

YANBU. DH is an ex nurse and used to do 7 nights of 12 hours plus breaks, so about 14 hours) in a row. He was hell to live with. One of the many reasons he is now an ex nurse.

CrunchyCowPat Thu 06-Dec-12 19:48:14

You have my complete and utter sympathy Taggie. How many nights are you doing? I start nights tomorrow though I'm only doing two <thankfully> but I'm dreading them.
I experience nausea, constipation and awful, awful mood swings. During the day I use earplugs, an eye mask and a fan to block out any sunlight/noises.
Hope your nights pass swiftly.

Gooeyhead Thu 06-Dec-12 19:48:40

I know they can make you feel like shit but how good is that feeling of getting home from work and getting into bed when everyone else is on their way to work, especially when it's raining!! Oh and it's even better when it's a Monday morning! Love that feeling!!

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