Survival Tips for the Third Shift

Congratulations! You’ve managed to snag a job after several weeks of searching. But it’s a third-shift job, and now you’re dreading working the “graveyard shift,”. Well, forget about what others think of the night shift.

Yes, working at night can be a challenge for anyone who hasn’t worked it before, but there are definite advantages to this shift. And once you get accustomed to it, you might end up actually enjoying it.

Here are a few tips that might make the adjustment a little easier:

Get plenty of sleep:

You’ll need to create an environment that’s conducive to sleep since you’ll be sleeping during the day. A facemask to keep out the light, earplugs to shut out the noise and closed curtains in your bedroom should do the trick. Needless to say, you should turn off all electronic devices, and avoid caffeine a few hours before bedtime.

Don’t drastically change your sleep/wake schedule on your days off:

Some night-shift workers keep the same wake and sleep hours on their days off. That way, their body doesn’t have to keep readjusting. Others try to have a “day shift” schedule when they aren’t working so they can accommodate their families or friends. Whatever you choose, don’t stay up for twelve or more hours right before your next shift begins.

Be patient as your body adjusts:

You’ll probably be more tired than usual your first few weeks until your body gets used to your new sleep-wake patterns. However, if you don’t feel more energetic after those few weeks, you should probably discuss it with someone on the company’s wellness team or your supervisor.

Be sure to take your scheduled breaks:

Don’t miss meals or breaks on your shift. Take a short nap during your lunch break if you can. Remember, your safety could depend on your being alert.

Eat properly and stay hydrated:

Eating a healthful meal before your shift starts can help you avoid issues such as nausea, bloating, and heartburn. It’s the same as eating breakfast on the day shift. Keep cold water available to stay hydrated throughout your shift. And bring along a few high-protein snacks to pick you up when your energy fades.

Find friends among your new co-workers:

Having someone to talk to can help you stay alert, and it helps to build relationships. Many of those third-shift friendships spill over into after-work friendships of sharing breakfast and stories of the night before.

Are you looking for a light industrial position?

No matter which shift you prefer, we can help you. The experts at 365RSS understand the need for experienced professionals and highly-skilled workers in the light industrial and power generation industries. And we are hiring experienced engineers, technical advisors, repair technicians, precision millwrights, welders, and more.

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