All work and no sleep makes Jaime a,a, zzz. . .

7 years ago
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Ok so what do you do when you think your job is making you fat?

Let me clarify that a little, I am a nurse, I work 3 days a week 7pm to 7am, and I live about an hour away from my job so I am gone from my house from 6pm to 8:15am.  That is a long day, even worse that it is overnight.  Lots of people say that nursing is great, and don't get me wrong I love my job, but the nightshift is defintely aging me and I think slowing my metabolism down.  Or rather just screwing with my body in general.  Unfortunately 3 days a week and nightshift really works well for my family right now, I get to be home with the kids more, and we only need daycare 3 days a week.  I was awake for over 30hrs yesterday, then fell asleep for 2 hours and was awake for 5 more till I got to sleep for a full 8hrs.  This can't be good for ones body.  Let me explain how something like this happens, because I know people are like 30hrs, really, well its true.

Day 1:

7am: got up with the kids, had a typical day.  No naps, I had things to do, housework, etc.

6pm: leave for work

Day 2 (still awake)

7:30am: Got off work, then had to go to a mandatory conference for work that lasted until 11am (after work is the only time I have childcare, so if I have to do mandatory classes required for my job or other things, they have to happen after I work.)

12am: Got to Curves, again since it is the only time I have childcare, this is my only time to work out.

1pm: Finally went to sleep until 3pm

3:30pm: Pick up kids from daycare, make dinner, play, etc.

11pm: Finally went to bed for the night.

You say, well that is crazy!!  No, the even crazier thing is that after my 2 hour nap, I wasn't even tired again until about 10:30pm, ridiculous.  I was looking at articles about shift work sleep deprivation and there is actually a disorder associated with this, called shift work sleep disorder.  And it amused me greatly that I googled that, and the first article I saw was from the hospital where I work.  One of the articles I saw said to take short naps while at work, umm most shift workers I know are nurses, doctors, and cops.  Do you want your nurse or police officer sleeping on the job, ha!  It is supposed to mess with the natural rhythems of your body, including metabolism.  I guess I just need to stay vigilent about exercise to keep that metabolism up.  I think that for the weekends when it get nicer outside we are going to go bike riding, we just bought one of those things that the kids can sit in and you pull it behind your bike, seems like it would be fun, and there are a bunch of trails near the house as well.  

I think exercise is the key to my weight loss, I haven't done it in so long, I forgot that it can be fun as well.  Hopefully it will help me to keep my metabolism up and in turn lose weight.  And in the meantime, I think I need to get a little more sleep!!

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