I started working overnights in the ICU a couple weeks ago, and have been moonlighting in cardiology to make some extra money before I start my class. The transition to overnights has been not horrible, but not great. I think the main thing is that I just don't sleep as much. The day after I work the overnight I'll take a 2-3 hour nap, and then I'll go to bed at night later. I haven't converted to this whole nocturnal schedule, and I don't really think I'll ever be able to do that (as helpful as it might be) for school and child reasons.
I'm trying to get things sorted out at home before I go into work from 7:00p.m. tonight until around 1:00p.m. tomorrow. Eighteen hours. I usually work twelve-hour shifts in the ICU, but I decided to pick up some hours in cardiology tomorrow morning. I think it will be okay because at least I'll have a change of pace when I switch departments around 7:00a.m.
The other problem is that since I don't sleep as much, I seem to eat ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT. Long-term, I don't think that's going to work out. Any ideas?
In general, though, I'm not as tired as I thought I would be. I've never understood this. It often seems like the less sleep I get, the more energy I have. It is bizarre: sometimes I feel really awesome.