5 Sleeping Tips for Shift Nurses

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Getting the proper amount of sleep can be difficult for shift nurses because of the volatility of work hours. Having a routine and making sure you are comfortable during your work day are great ways to help. Here are a few of our tips on getting into a sleep routine that works for you:

  1. Sleep in your bedroom. Don’t try to fall asleep on the couch or somewhere else that isn’t your bed. Although, the Koi Scrubs line is comfortable enough to sleep in, slip on some PJ’s before bed and save the medical scrubs for daytime.
  2. Establish a bedtime routine. Your body will respond best if you establish a routine for before you go to sleep. Think of a few activities that are likely to calm your body down before sleep, such as: drinking a hot cup of tea, reading a chapter of a book, or taking a hot bath. Take the time to relax before you go to bed so that your body can recognize when it is time to sleep.
  3. Sleep in the right temperature. If your body temperature is too cold or too hot, it could be keeping you from sleeping. Pay attention to the temperature of your room to determine if you need an extra blanket or a fan to help you sleep.
  4. Eliminate noise and light. Part of letting your body know it’s time to sleep is by keeping it dark and quiet in your room. Light and noise can keep your senses active, so wear an eye mask or earplugs if you need to.
  5. Use proper workwear. The most important thing about quality workwear is that it is comfortable and can move and bend the way you do. Your medical scrubs should be soft, flexible, and durable, like WonderWink Scrubs made with four-way stretch fabric. Your shoes should be comfortable and should be able to support your feet for an entire shift, like the Dansko Shayla Athletic Nursing Shoes. They are slip resistant with shock absorption and a multi-density footbed to keep you comfortable all day long.

When you pull off your shoes after a long shift, you should be able to relax and enjoy your time of rest. If your feet, ankles, knees, or back experience excessive pain after work, you may be using the wrong shoes. Check out the Tafford collection of shoes and scrubs, for medical workwear, that will keep you comfortable for the entire shift.


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