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  • Tom_W1987
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    I’m on 50mg of Amitriptyline to knock me out, and stop me from waking up if I roll over on my shoulder. Makes you a bit groggy when you wake up, but it helps me sleep

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    Sometime around 1-2am I used to click over into ‘night mode’, find your tipping point and go to bed before then otherwise it’s wide awake until 7am.

    I hate this. The weekend after nightshift I will go to bed tired and, like a switch, at 1-2am I will wake up and be instantly wide awake. Just like tonight 😕

    gerti
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    My shifts are completely random. I can have 4 different shifts in the space of 5 days, ranging from 0430 starts to 2315 finishes – totally destroys me. But I think ‘proper’ overnight shifts would actually kill me.

    Sorry, no advice, just sympathy with how crappy shift work is for your health and wellbeing.

    Hope you get a routine sorted OP.

    beefheart
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    A Buff makes a comfortable, effective eye mask.

    thorpie
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    I work shifts, two days, two afters, two nights then four off. I’d love to give you some tips and advice but I don’t think my body will ever get used to the chopping and changing all the time. Done it for fourteen years and got another fourteen to go before I can retire at fifty five. I guess permanent nights would help. Sleep when you can and just accept that your non shift working other half will never understand!

    MrSmith
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    You are all on time and a half?
    Because this thread isn’t really selling shift work!

    alric
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    Sometime around 1-2am I used to click over into ‘night mode’, find your tipping point and go to bed before then otherwise it’s wide awake until 7am.

    I hate this. The weekend after nightshift I will go to bed tired and, like a switch, at 1-2am I will wake up and be instantly wide awake. Just like tonight

    I do that an awful lot, get exhausted physically and mentally, cant keep my eyes open, then get to bed, and 10 minutes later I’m well awake and stay like that most of the night.

    I’ve been thinking its elevated cortisol levels

    its no good going to bed when youre not sleepy. better get up until you are

    google diuretic and check everything you eat. Lemon balm and ginger may make you sleepy, but if that also makes you piss thats not for you

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    MrSmith – Member
    You are all on time and a half?
    Because this thread isn’t really selling shift work!

    There are lots of advantages to shift work. I do 2 days, 2 nights, 4 off. Get paid quite well. I only work half of the days per year. 182 – 24 days holiday. So for 4 days holiday I’m away from work for 12 days. I get to see my kids a lot. Take Boy2 to school and pick him up again. Do the housework and get to ride 3 days a week when everyone else is at work.

    Compared to day workers, Monday to Friday, 260 days a year – 25 days holiday, ish, plus bank holidays. 227 days. 5 on, 2 off. And then they get to go everywhere on the weekend when everyone else is there.

    Swings and roundabouts, but it suits me.

    deserter
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    I love a compressed work week, get lots more time to do stuff and once the school hols start see lots more of the kids

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    Hi all
    I work 12 hrs 4on 4 off, 7 sets then 18 day break with 5 pay back days, sounds great butbhere I am in bed on a Saturday afternoon getting avfew hours priorbto my first night. Wife works full time so her weekend and minevdont coincide which means she doesnt get a proper weekend either
    the thing is I look forward to nights as no management (senior) about so can do our jobs.

    Been doing shifts for 26years, 53 this year, slow heart rate on thyroxin so will need a change soon

    It WAS great when I 1st started with the prison service. Get in for about 7.30pm, do what needed doing & get your head down by 10, usually to be woken at 6 for a radio check. Go home at 7.30 for a lie down. Or a ride on the bike. 😆

    Not nowadays, you get in for 7.30pm to find there’s 3 shitting up down the seg, 2 more smashing up on A wing, an ambulance is on the way for some crank who’s gone under on spice, 3 more need Listeners & the electrics are off on D wing cos someone’s been trying to charge a phone!
    Sleeping after nights in HMPS isn’t usually a problem these days.

    Blackout curtains/blinds.
    Earplugs.
    No caffeine during the shift.
    Night Nurse.

    Saccades
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    Eat half a lettuce, knock one out then lash a whisky in.

    Passed out in 10 mins.

    If you wake up early stay in bed dozing, don’t get up until you have to.

    Drink less if you have to keep getting up for a slash.

    What’s the drive home like? Take it handy to keep the adrenalin down.

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