Anyone work 3rd shift? If you have how do you stay motivated & energized?

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    Mar 29, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Ive been on 3rd shift for a few years now & it gets hard to stay motivated & energized for workouts. Ive tried working out before work, after work in the a.m. & etc & it gets pretty difficult, especially having days off during the week and i try to sleep at night while I have my son.

    That messes me all up sleep wise. Anyone struggle with 3rd shift work schedule & coordinating workouts? What has worked best for you?
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    Mar 29, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    I used to work night shifts for years. The bottom line is that night shift goes against your natural body rhythm so you never really get accustomed to it. And the rest of the world does not care that you worked nights or not ... The sun comes up while you're trying to sleep, the neighbor mows their lawn, the telemarketers call, etc. It might become easier for some people over time, but most of us can only suffer thru it. My advice is to make an exist strategy as soon as possible. If you do some research on the effects of working night shift you'll get a good idea of what it is doing to your mind and body in the long run.

    Just my opinion after 10+ years of working nights for the shift differential and the thrill of seeing what rolled through the ER at 4 a.m. on a Saturday night. For the short term what helped me stay awake was making sure I slept a full 8-9 hours before my shift... Coffee and energy drinks ended up making me crash to the point I was too sleepy on the drive home and once i got home i was too mentally alert to get to sleep until later in the morning. Good luck
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    Mar 29, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    You read my mind, & alot of times im doing 12 hour shifts! Ive tried working out directly after work but I have to take something to give me a boost, then im to hyped up afterwards to go to sleep & I end up staying up half the day.

    Ive tried splitting up my sleep & that doesnt work either. I think my best bet may be to rush home after work, go directly to bed then get up & go workout, atleast i'll be somewhat refreshed & it will be day light incase I want to do something outside.

    Even so, getting 8-9 hrs of sleep during the day never equals the night sleep people get & it drains me sometimes to do it all.
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    Mar 29, 2011 7:10 AM GMT
    Not saying this will be you, but I went to a seminar on natural health. The guest speaker said that not waking with the sun is so unhealthy for us as humans and urged those who work odd hours to change change their jobs. I am a night owl, but I don't need more than 5-6 hours to feel well. It's 3am now but I'll be up by 8am.
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    Mar 29, 2011 10:29 AM GMT
    My best friend & i at work were talking about that tonight. How 3rd shift is so mentally, emotionally, socially & physically damaging. Unfortunately I dont have a choice right now, im just trying to make the best of it.....with caffeine of course, lol.
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    Mar 29, 2011 10:35 AM GMT
    I worked 3rd shift in my very early 20s. It's not good and def puts stress on your immune system. All that unnatural light (flourescent bulbs) and forcing your body to stay awake when you should be sleeping. I know you may not have a choice but I suggest looking for a daytime job. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 29, 2011 10:37 AM GMT
    third shift is ruthless, so I ditto what's been said. I have completely limited any workouts I do to the days that I'm not working that night. My schedule constantly changes, so I have to keep up with when I am working vs when I'm not working to plan my workouts ahead. If I'm too tired, I do a light workout...but running around, and boosting pts as a PSA/tech is also a workout in itself.

    As to being a night owl, it does nothing to help me deal with 3rd shift.

    I'm looking around for a 2nd shift job to make money for a couple of yrs, then hopefully go back to school for a Masters in Education to teach, so that I can do either 1st or 2nd shift. Can't wait to end the 3rd shift self-torture!
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    Apr 19, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Heard this on NPR. The audio won't be available until 7pm EST (April 19 tonight), but you can read the article.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/04/19/135546345/just-power-through-the-late-shift-dream-on

    And this is why I am looking forward to ending the night-shift soon!