These night shifts are killing me! All week I’m either working from 6pm-3am or 5pm-2am. Yesterday I tried my hardest to sleep in after getting home around 3 but I couldn’t stay asleep past 9am so I just got up and made pancakes. Pancakes make everything better. I mixed 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder with a smashed banana, a slash of egg whites, 1 tbs almond meal, and 1 tbs coconut flour. They were the bomb.
Coconut flour is my new favorite ingredient. I don’t know how I went so long without using it in the kitchen. It has a great, slightly sweet flavor, thickens up anything really well, and is super nutritious. If you’ve been holding off from buying it because it’s expensive (that’s what I was doing), try ordering it from Vitacost.com. I got it for $5!
Today, I am so grateful I didn’t wake up until 12:30. Yay for an 8 hour rest!!
I wish I was one of those people who don’t need sleep, but I truly cannot function without at least 8 hours. Kyle and I read that 3% of people can go with less than 5 hours of sleep a night and don’t feel tired or worn down. Man I wish I was one of those people!!!!! How productive would you be!?!? Sleep is a huge priority for me. I rarely stay up late studying and seriously never stay out late on weekends.
Now that I’m on this weird schedule for emergency medicine, I’m just focusing on getting 8 hours and then fitting in everything else when I can! The one thing that’s going to be hard for me this month is eating on a normal schedule. When you stay up late, it’s hard not to eat more than usual. Yesterday when I work up at 9am I wanted breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also another meal because I was up until almost 4am. Yikes!
As usual, I pack my lunch/dinner when I go to the hospital. Bringing your own food is the BEST option when you want to make healthy decisions at work. If I didn’t pack dinner I would hit up the cafeteria late at night, starving, and buy chicken fingers and a cookie.
The night before last I brought shredded salsa chicken (put chicken breasts in a crockpot with 1 can of salsa and 1 packet of taco seasoning and cook for 5 hours, then shred it- BEST CHICKEN EVER. You will thank me later) and lettuce to wrap it up in!
Last night, I brought steak and sautéed cabbage and onions. (Also had an apple and peanut butter on the side 🙂 )
It’s also hard to have a normal exercise routine when you work nights. I hit the gym on Tuesday for a 1 hour and 10 minute spin class (again from youtube!) but I didn’t workout yesterday because I was trying to nap before I went in to work! Today I should be able to have a good workout since I slept in, but I can already see what a struggle it would be for people with an abnormal schedule all the time.
In other news not related to sleeping or eating, I took all your suggestions and bought some Bare Minerals makeup! I saw this starter pack that included powder, concealer, bronzer, primer, “mineral veil” or a setting powder, and 3 nice brushes for only $75 so I treated myself to it! I also got a lip gloss that’s really pretty and makes me feel fancy 😉
Thanks for all your advice!
Have you ever worked a night shift?
Do you eat more if you stay up late?
Do you fit in workouts when your schedule is wacky?