Nightshift

general-image-24am.

'So o o tired...

Had a good day today.

Couldn't sleep in though, so woke up early went to the beach, had lunch with Isa, tried to have a nap in the afternoon – couldn't. Went to the gym instead.

.. dozing off ... pager: METCALL!

What am I going to do?

Hope no-one dies on my shift...'

 

 

 

Tips for Nightshift

  1. The night before: I stay up until about 6am, then sleep all day. When I get tired about 3 or 4am, I call my friends on the other side of the world.
  2. Do something physical: Me? I iron a whole month's worth of shirts in front of a TV/DVD marathon.
  3. Eat well: I have a protein-rich meal before I go to work, a proper meal during the shift (don't snack throughout the night) and a carbohydrate-rich meal when I get home to help me fall asleep.
  4. Sleep, sleep, sleep during the day: Wear sunnies on your way home avoiding direct sun exposure; close the blinds or wear eyeshades to reduce the light; reduce noise as much as possible, for example by wearing earplugs; send your flat-mates out for the day and let your neighbours know, so they don't mow the lawn!
 

An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).