Tips for getting a good nights sleep prior to your next shift!


There is nothing worse than waking up and feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep prior to your busy day! Problem’s sleeping can be related to medical concerns, but what if it is just some of your habits that are robbing you of sleep.  Here are some tips and tricks I have when it comes to catching those precious Zs!


  • Prepare your work essentials the night before!

When getting ready for your shift think about the things you will need to get together the night before. This will give you more time to sleep and your morning will not be rushed. Lay out your clothes, and supplies you might need, and any work supplies you might need. Lay everything out in a central location so you will know where everything is. Now you won’t have the morning struggle of finding what to wear and it will be one less thing to think about the night before. Now you can add some time to that alarm clock!

  • Stay off electronics in the bedroom

This means no checking social media, YouTube, or whatever your preference. If checking your phone every 5 minutes is not your weakness like mine! Then maybe you need to turn off the television. The distractions can overstimulate your brain and confuse it. It should be getting ready for sleep, but lights on screens and information are sending it different signals. If your able switch of notifications on your phone or keep it in a completely different room. I sometimes charge mine in the kitchen so I won’t be tempted to pick it up if I am already having trouble sleeping. If television is the issue you might need to completely take it out of your bedroom!

  • Try to go to bed at the same time each night

Going to bed at the same time every night and trying to awaken at the same time, can help lead to a better nights sleep. Regular sleep patterns help your body to stay in sync with your circadian rhythm. This is basically your bodies 24-hour clock. By going to bed at the same time and awakening at the same time, your body will naturally fall into a rhythm it will recognize! This is something I struggle to do. Because on your days off. Who doesn’t want to sleep in? Or I have also worked night shift and staying awake all night at home while everyone else is sleeping is no fun. But it is a scientific fact that not being consistent with your sleep patterns can lead to a disrupted circadian rhythm and lost sleep.

  • Stop hitting that snooze!

If you have trouble getting up in the morning and find yourself hitting the snooze until you are running around like the house is on fire. Then you might need to set your alarm clock across the room and out of reach. This way you have to get out of bed to hit snooze or turn it off. It also helps to find an alarm that is loud but won’t put you in a bad mood to start the day. Or to quiet so you never hear it. I found waking up to music helped me to get up faster and be in a better mood. I also set my alarm for the last possible minute because then I know I have no snoozes to hit. This works for me. I wish I could get up super early and meditate or exercise. I just know myself. I will start calculating how much sleep I would get if I hit snooze and I end up oversleeping. Really you just have to be honest with yourself and find what works for you!

  • Watch what you eat and drink before bed

If you want to have a healthy snack before bed it should be okay. But if you decide to eat your leftover hot wings from your favorite restaurant before bed you might be in for a night of sleeplessness! Only you know what will irritate your system. If you have acid reflex then you really need to watch what you put on your belly at night. Picking what you drink is important also. If you down a gallon of water before bed then your most likely going to be making a few visits to the bathroom. Or if you’re really sensitive to caffeine you might not be able to have anything with caffeine for several hours before bed.


These are some tips for getting a good nights sleep prior to your next shift! It may help to keep a sleep journal and find out what works for you and what doesn’t. It is best when you find out a routine that works for you to try to stick to it. This way when you start preparing for your bedtime your brain recognizes the signal and starts preparing for rest!


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Managing grief in the new year!


Many of us have heard about the stages of grief. For those of you who are not sure what those stages are, they are as follows: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. What a lot of people fail to mention is that it doesn’t necessarily progress in this order. Or just because you have completed one stage, doesn’t mean you will never go back. Unfortunately, I have found myself experiencing the stages of grief. On December 9th, I lost my older brother. My mother passed away 11 days later. In this short time, I have found myself flying back and forth through these stages of grief and it’s nauseating. I’m completely exhausted. I keep waiting for this moment when I will just “get over” this grief and all will be new again. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I will move between each of these stages at various times in my life. The time in between will just lengthen, and I will learn to live my new “normal”. Until then I will try to learn to cope and go on with the day-to-day. Because I know that is what my mother and brother would want me to do.

So, in this new year 2018, I am allowing myself to stumble, but I will always get up. I am allowing myself to grieve, but I will never give up. I will allow myself to move on, but I will never forget.

My mother, who at times, struggled with depression used to tell me “sometimes you have to fake it, until you make it”. So, I will allow myself some fake smiles here and there to help cope, but I will make it!

Our pastor told us in his sermon, to reflect on the past year and to instead focus on the positives and try not to dwell in the negatives. There are always Gods blessings around, sometimes we are just not paying attention. I would like to share with you some of my 2017 blessings:

  1. I got to spend another year with my mother! She was so sick, and I thought I was going to lose her many times throughout 2017. But I got to see her, talk to her, say goodbye, and love her! I thank god that he allowed me this time!
  2. I got to spend a terrific year with my brother. We took him on a vacation where he got to experience many first. It was like reliving my childhood all over with him. I am thankful I got to spend this time with him, and my children/husband got to see a side to my brother that they only heard about through me. My brother was special in many ways. He had down syndrome, but he was always smiling and happy!
  3. I became an adopted mommy for my mom’s dog, knebbles. This dog is my shadow now. I have always been a cat person, but this little dog has worked her way into my heart.
  4. God led me to organize a fall festival at church in October. It was a great success and it was a lot of fun watching people enjoy and fellowship with each other.
  5. I got to spend some time away with my husband this year. We went on a short vacation where I saw a Jim Henson museum. My favorite movie of all time Labyrinth, had an exhibit there. It was remarkable! If you knew how obsessed I was with this movie then you would be excited, I promise!

If you find yourself struggling, know you are not alone. If it were not for God, I truly don’t know how I would still be standing. Try and stay away from constant negative thoughts. It is okay for them to sneak in, but don’t let them stay. Sometimes it takes writing out the positives, because it is human nature to dwell on the negatives. My hope for myself and you this new year is to draw closer to God. Really, get to know him and form a relationship with him. Stay positive and never give up. My hopes for you and I are for a Happy New Year!

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