Night shifts in the NHS are like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them.
They can be very tough both physically and mentally. Many people struggle to adapt their body clock to the demanding shift in sleeping patterns and can’t continue doing night shifts for long. Others enjoy the quieter wards, the smaller teams and the bonding with your colleagues that you don’t get the chance to do on a day shift. Either way, there are definitely a few pet hates that you all share about working night shifts.
1. Being woken up
Whether it’s the kids, the window cleaner, Betty from next door, or a screeching motorbike outside; being woken up just after you’ve crawled into bed after a night shift can be soul destroying.
When you’re exhausted, the last thing that you want is for the sun to start beaming through your curtains, keeping you awake. The night shift veterans among you won’t have this problem because you’ll have figured out a long time ago how invaluable blackout blinds are. Newbies, take note as it’s definitely worth investing in them if you want to get a good day’s sleep.
3. Night Shift Hangover
Everyone who works a night shift will experience this at some point, if not every time. The readjustment day can make you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You’re awfully tired but trying to stay awake so that you can get back on track with you regular sleep pattern, leaving you in a dazed limbo between being awake and asleep. Check out these tips from NHS Staff about surviving a night shift.
4. “All you do is sleep on nights!”
Hands up who sees red when someone says this to them?! Night shift work is certainly no easy ride. Things may be a little more relaxed on night shifts, however you’re certainly never short of jobs to do. What are your pet hates as a night shift worker in the NHS? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.