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For all those who do shift work, how do you find it and any tips for adjusting between day and nights. Have done day/night/twighlight for the last 6 years. Used to be 5 days per week mon to fri.… Read More
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
For all those who do shift work, how do you find it and any tips for adjusting between day and nights.

Have done day/night/twighlight for the last 6 years. Used to be 5 days per week mon to fri. 39.5 hrs. 2 week rotation.

3 months ago we accepted a new contract and switched to 24/7 cover. I now work 12 hour shifts, 2 or 3 days a week over 7 days.

Have never felt as rundown and tired in my life, finding working only 2 or 3 days per shift is extremely hard to adjust to. Seem to be spending the my extra time off just resting, which is not good.

Any tips? Whats your thoughts on the shifts you work?
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I work 24/7 shifts as well.

Our patten is:

NIGHT
NIGHT
NIGHT
NIGHT
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
DAY
DAY
OFF
NIGHT
NIGHT
NIGHT
OFF
OFF
OFF
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
DAY
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF

So I work 14 shifts over a 3 week period and then get a week off. There's guys here who have been doing it for years and years and still don't fully adjust.

My only tricks are:

* Before the first night shift, try and get 2-3 hours sleep.
* After the final night shift, only sleep for 2-3 hours to enable you to get to sleep properly later that night. This allows your body to quickly re-adjust to normal days.

My shifts are 7am-7pm and vice versa.
#2
u think thats bad, i have to do the same only its 3 or 4 12 hour shifts per 7 days, more if im doing overtime
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I have been doing shifts for almost 6 years now my advice is get a good sleep when you're tired dont worry if you sleep into the day, people say its a waste of the day but so is two hours sleep and feeling like a zombie all day, get a playstation and take on the yanks at night if you have over slept, beating them is very satisfying lol!
#4
same here i do 3-4 12 hour shifts a week on a rota which is a week of nights then a week of days etc etc so you just get used to the nights and go back to days.. ive been doing it for 3 years and still not used to it!

like prev person said after last night try not to sleep to long to get bk into normal pattern but other than that not much can suggest!
#5
* After the final night shift, only sleep for 2-3 hours to enable you to get to sleep properly later that night. This allows your body to quickly re-adjust to normal days.

This is exactly where i fail and then cant sleep that night. Think ill need to put a bit more effort into that
#6
My shifts are

Night
Night
Night
Off
Night
Night
Night
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Night
Night
Night
Off
Night
Night
Night

Then off for 7 again.
#7
Sun - off
Mon - night
Tues - night
Wed - off
Thur - off
Fri - day
Sat - day
Sun - day
Mon - off
Tue - off
Wed - night
Thur - night
Fri - off
Sat- off
Sun- off
Repeat
#8
BladeY
My shifts are

Night
Night
Night
Off
Night
Night
Night
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Off
Night
Night
Night
Off
Night
Night
Night

Then off for 7 again.

That looks pretty good with all the time off. Im assuming the hardest part for you will be adjusting to normal times on your off days as you work constant nights
#9
Plan a rest day into the week for yourself.

I have just gone the other way from you and after 20 years I find I hate having less days off per week (I now have to do 5 from 7, would love to go back to 3 or 4 from 7).

Edited By: Acx on Jan 27, 2011 01:50: .
#10
Ive worked Mon-Fri 9-5 before and don't really have a preference between that and shifts. I can take or leave either. I think my missus prefers the 9-5, but I doubt I'll do shifts forever. It pays better which is my motivation at the moment.
#11
We do 4 on then 4 off from 7pm to 7am

I never do days as it plays arround with your body, I couldn't cope.

I am a night supervisor so work:

Night
Night
Night
Night
off
off
off
off
Night
Night
Night
Night
off
off
off
off

etc.

Edited By: kjbenja on Jan 27, 2011 02:48
#12
I don't sleep before the first night shift as if I do I feel more tired at work
#13
I did 20 years of shifts and never got used to feeling like crap when on and the week after nights.
#14
I did split shifts (one week mornings, next week evenings) for 7 years, I finally found a very good way to avoid being tired or having to go to bed at stupid o'clock.

google "handing your notice in"

it worked for me, got a better day time job and loving it (not mc d's! - although would prefer that anyday than go back on split shifts)
#15
Mmm - very interesting thread. My husbands shift pattern is 4 days 5.30- 5.30, 4 off, 4 nights 5.30-5.30, 4 off with and so on. He has been doing this for about 18 months, but started getting very poor sleep before Xmas, and the maximum amount of kip he could get was about 5 hours and that was not quality sleep. I will pass some of the tips on - then maybe we will both be better off!
#16
splatsplatsplat
I did split shifts (one week mornings, next week evenings) for 7 years, I finally found a very good way to avoid being tired or having to go to bed at stupid o'clock.

google "handing your notice in"

it worked for me, got a better day time job and loving it (not mc d's! - although would prefer that anyday than go back on split shifts)

Would love a constant dayshift job but not many about for what I do.
Don't get me wrong I love the extra money and extra holidays (2 days can get me a week).
Is everyone pretty much in agreement that shiftwork and the tiredness is worse during the winter months?
#17
my best shift i ever worked was.....

1 nights
2 nights
3 nights
4 nights
5 off
6 off
7 days
8 days
9 days
10 days
11 off
12 off
13 nights
14 nights
15 nights
16 nights
17 off
18 off
19 days
20 days
21 days
22 days
23 off
24 off
25 off
26 off
27 off
28 off
29 off
30 off
31 off
32 off
Then repeated, so every 32 days i would have a 10 day break.... didn't really need to book any holidays from work, used to plan to go away in my 10 days off.

At the time i loved doing the night shifts, used to come home at 6am and have a few beers, maybe a curry and watch the football from the previous night :p
Glad i don't do nights now though.
#18
The lads at our work a 7 on/ off nightshift pattern, there is also a 5&4 pattern that some work 5 on, 4 off, 5 on, 5off, 4 on, 5off and then repeats. Your 5 days off are over a long weekend, so in effect 2 long weekends off in a 4 week cycle. This pattern works well when you book 4 days holiday when you have 5off before and after, giving you 2 weeks off for 4 days holiday.
#19
To simplify the 5/4 shift pattern
Mon on
Tues on
Wed on
Thurs on
Fri off
Sat off
Mon off
Tues off
Wed on
Thurs on
Fri On
Sat. On
Sun on
Mon off
Tue off
Wed off
Thurs off
Fri on
Sat on
Sun on
Mon on
Tue on
Wed off
Thurs off
Fri off
Sat off
Sun off
Lots of plus points with this shift pattern
#20
Scoff, u can't beat a beer after a nightshift but is it just me or does it feel plain wrong lol
#21
when i done night shift few years back i could not get used to a few things.
1. having your lunch at 4 am
2. going to work the same day you left.
worked with another guy who stayed with his mum and he said worst thing was breakfast after work then dinner before work
#22
callum84
Scoff, u can't beat a beer after a nightshift but is it just me or does it feel plain wrong lol
I tried this once on a summers morning sitting in the garden at 6.30am drinking a beer I didn't enjoy it because it just seemed too weired.
#23
sunshiner
callum84
Scoff, u can't beat a beer after a nightshift but is it just me or does it feel plain wrong lol

I tried this once on a summers morning sitting in the garden at 6.30am drinking a beer I didn't enjoy it because it just seemed too weired.

Nothing like making the neighbours jealous. Lol
One thing i love about nightshift in winter is driving home to your bed seeing everyone setting off to work in the cold. Great feeling
#24
Fri, sat and sun nightshift. Lucky me

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