Tips for Getting a Good Day's Rest for Night Shifters
Getting ready for successful shuteye
There are several steps a shift worker can take to successfully fall asleep and stay asleep. The key is to make sleep a priority!
Set the stage for sleep even though it might be broad daylight outside. Prepare your body and mind for sleep. Wear wraparound dark glasses on your way home from work if you are on the night shift to keep morning sunlight from activating your internal "daytime" clock. Follow bedtime rituals and try to keep a regular sleep schedule - even on weekends. Go to sleep as soon as possible after work.
At home, ask family and friends to help create a quiet and peaceful setting during your sleep time. Have family members wear headphones to listen to music or watch TV. Ban vacuuming, dish washing, and noisy games during your sleep time. Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the front door so that delivery people and friends will not knock or ring the doorbell. Schedule household repairs for after your sleep time.
Tips for Successful Shuteye
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting public education, sleep-related research, and advocacy.