After I made a summer productivity masterpost, lovely @strivingforthatmd asked me how to manage her sleeping schedule when working 3rd shift - which is from 10 PM to 8 AM. I decided to make a masterpost for her and for everyone who’s struggling, even with going to sleep “normally”! <3
1. GOING TO SLEEP AFTER EVENING ENDS
This first “section” is about regular sleeping schedule, when you don’t work late at night and you are at home from 6 - 8 PM (or earlier.) It also contains everything you should do before sleep to be ready for next day.
Goal is to be in bed 15 minutes before you wanted to + (at least) 8 hours before you want to/need to wake up
AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME:
Hang your outwear on a rack and place your shoes where they are supposed to be
Probably the easiest thing you can do is just get up and put some socks on. It sounds silly, but when you’re about the fall asleep your body redirects blood flow to your hands and feet. When those extremities are warm, it increases blood flow and makes it easier to fall asleep.
2. GOING TO SLEEP WHEN OTHERS WAKE UP
If you work a night shift/put an all-nighter - basically, didn’t sleep all night and you have the day to rest, it isn’t that bad (worse comes, when you need to be productive for the rest of the day, but we’ll talk about it later). Here’s what to do!
WHILE YOU WORK/ARE UP AT NIGHT:
Don’t drink any caffeine, because you won’t be able to fall back asleep during the day