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How to Work the Third Shift and Stay Healthy

Tips on Sleep, Nutrition and At-Work Activities

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BONDMANUS2002
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glad I don't have to do this any more....

Im a morning person though and though Report
I know this is an old thread, but maybe someone out there can help me out. I work third shift in the military, in a laboratory. We get one 15 minute break per shift, and we cannot have food or water in the areas that I work (lots of microorganisms). Then to add insult to injury, we are required to perform physical training outside after shift. I have been working 11pm-9am for almost 4 years now, and still am unable to get into a working rhythm for restful sleep. I was prescribed a sleep aide, but taken off it because I was unreachable during daytime hours. I love the military life, I am proud to be making these sacrifices, but any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Report
I work 7p-7a at a local hospital. Being up nights and sleeping days is not an issue, since I seem to have a natural rhythm for the night cycle. I've had to start hitting the gym or working out before work. Thankfully, my gym is right across the street and connected to the hospital complex. I also stop caffeine by 3am so I can sleep, and my bedroom has blackout curtains. My problem at work is eating. Our cafeteria has really good food, as well as having a Subway and a grill on site. Report
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Working nights as a nurse wasn't an issue as I'm a natural night owl. What the issue was working split shifts, working shifts that had no rhythm and working overtime shifts. Those killed me. When I worked in a hospital with a consistent shift schedule change and stayed on one shift for a minimum of 2 weeks, working nights was a breeze. Report
UNBREAKABLE1984
I work third at a heldpdesk support line. I eat heavy protien, and complex carbs for my " breakfast " and snack lightly on mixed vegetables, apples,and oranges through out the night. On my breaks and 30mins interverles , I do 10 push ups, 30 second plank, and 10 more to keep my mind and body moving. I try not to stay sitting too long else it's a **** to get started again.! Report
SLICKJ03
I'm working 5pm-8am or later every weekday and sundays 9pm-8am or later. I'm losing an awful amount of weight because I don't have time to eat, much less exercise. I'm also losing my mind I think. I'm on my feet all day running around like a chicken with its head cut off so I guess it's enough exercise? I'd really like to get more weight on me again tho. Should I try ankle weights or something? Report
PWEBER31
I'm about a month into my night schedule and the hardest part is sleeping consistently. I find myself waking up a lot before I'm supposed to be up. I read another article today that offered some great tips that I'm going to try: http://worknightshift.com/night-shift-slee
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