Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The 3rd shift blues

So if you don't know, I work 3rd shift full time in a hotel.  Along with that, I am a high school sports coach during the days and on the weekends.  With that said, it seems pretty obvious that I do not get as much sleep as the normal person.  It's not really that bad.  I've gotten used to it over the past 3 years.

I'm having a problem now though...  I can't sleep at all.  Before, I would get home from work about 8am and go right to sleep.  The alarm would go off for coaching at 1:15pm and I'm out the door by 1:45pm.  In the past, the sleep I was getting from 8am-1:15pm was perfect....could have slept through a tornado.  Now, I toss and turn....waking up every hour and a half or so.  This goes on until the alarm goes off for coaching.  Normally, I get home from coaching around 5:15pm, eat dinner, and then take a small nap before going back into work.  Only problem with that is, I can't fall asleep after dinner like usual.  Because of this, I've been averaging 5-6 hours a day on sleep, five days a week.  That's it!

I'm so frustrated I miss falling asleep and waking up fully rested.

  Any tips?  I'm desperate!


  1. Can you catch up on the weekends? Have you tried a sleep machine? So sorry you're exhausted.... I am the WORST when I can't sleep. Good luck!

  2. I do catch up on the weekends but it's just so frustrating not being able to fall asleep the entire week. A sleep machine? Do you know what they are called...I'd be interested in learning more about them.

  3. Have you tried melatonin? It's non-addicting and helps with your natural sleep cycle. Alot of times, people who work 3rd shift use it cause it's harder to naturally sleep during daylight. I have horrible sleep issues & it helps without making me feel loopy or anything.

  4. Can you buy it over the counter? Hmm...I'll have to do some research on that. Thanks for the tip!