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Fluctuating work/sleep Schedule or Consistent

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

My employer requires the staff to work one shift that ends at 10:30 p.m. and another that ends at 8:30 p.m. On the 10:30 nights I'm not in bed until 11:30 after commute and chill time. This means the employees have schedules that vary - some days in work at 7:30 a.m. others not until 2:00 p.m.

I have the option of making M-Th all 10:30 nights and Friday felxible. This means I could have a consistent sleep schedule.

Question: From a health perspective which is better - consistently in bed late or fluctuating schedule? (I noticed I don't sleep well with the fluctuating schedule and feel overwhelmed by the end of the week).

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:08 PM

In my 20s I had heavily changing schedules. sometimes in bed at 5am, sometimes in at midnight. I just hung tough through it. How old are you?

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on July 31, 2011
at 01:53 PM

"I noticed I don't sleep well with the fluctuating schedule and feel overwhelmed by the end of the week" - I think you've answered your own question.

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on August 14, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I vote for the consistent schedule too. Even though it's less than ideal going to bed that late, I think it's a lot harder on you to be constantly changing it up.

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on July 17, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Consistency is very important with establishing a good sleep schedule that works with your circadian rhythms. I would certainly request having the 10:30pm M-Th schedule if possible.

Having worked a night shift in the past, my heart goes out to you. It took a huge toll on my stress levels and health and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Ironically, now that I work a day shift, I've become a total early bird and can't stay up late at all anymore!

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on July 17, 2011
at 11:52 AM

If you can still get enough sleep going to bed late I definitely think that's probably the better option, especially if you feel rundown going the other route.

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on August 14, 2011
at 04:53 PM

For a few years I worked 4 days on a 12 hour shift (7AM-7PM), 4 days off, then 4 days on a 12 hour night shift (7PM-7AM).

It was very hard on me to have such a wide variation in sleep times, and it is a wonder my four kids weren't snatched by the child welfare authorities since I would sit with them having a pre-bed beer to calm me down while they were eating breakfast.

Your shift variations aren't that bad, but I definitely vote for the steady pattern of work so your bady can settle into a routine.

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