- Posted by Emma Walsh
- On 4th September 2017
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It’s that time of the month again – the night shift has come around and you’re faced with the daunting task of having to work through the night for an entire five days (or maybe more). Yes, you have done this more times than once but as the days quickly creep in, you start to wonder how on earth you’re going to survive those night shifts once again.
There are a few tips and tricks you can use to keep you up all night – although depending what ward you’re in, the patients can sometimes act as the strongest caffeine! But if you’re assigned to a quieter ward, staying up all night without feeling terribly drowsy is a tough feat. And buckets of coffee every hour just won’t cut it – nor will it be beneficial to your health.
We’ve compiled a few tips that may come in useful!
Drinking water will keep the brain hydrated and help us feel alert too. Our brain is made up of 75% water and dehydration means that the brain loses fluids – this can lead to feeling tired and drained of energy. Added to that staying hydrated with regular glasses of water will make you need to urinate, that is sure to keep you awake!
It’s inevitable that you’ll start to feel drowsy during your night shift but these periods of drowsiness will generally be when you’re least active during the night. Keep yourself moving throughout your shift, whether that’s reorganising supplies or doing some light exercise throughout the night – no better time to get your squat on!
Sleep, sleep, sleep (the night before)
It’s difficult to get your body clock to reset itself to abnormal waking hours but trying to rest up as much as possible on the day before your night shift will be of huge benefit to you. Your body will thank you for it later!
Eat small portions of food throughout the night
You know that feeling when you eat a big, wholesome and slightly indulgent meal? The buttons on the pants come unbuttoned, your eyes get heavy and all you want to do is dose into a food-induced coma. Well that’s not the feeling you want when you’re on the night shift. Try eat small, regular snacks throughout the night instead to keep your energy up and to avoid that dreaded dozy feeling.
Chat to your co-workers
Keeping your mind alert is so important on your night shift and a good way to do this is to chat to your co-workers – they also might be good for some more tips on staying awake for the night!
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