Sleep Tips for Nursing Jobs in Texas, Part 3: Motivation & Sunlight

In two previous posts, we started covering methods that RNs with travel nursing jobs in Texas can use to help them adjust to new sleeping hours. We’ve already covered topics like why it’s important that you sleep when you’re tired, and why you should only reduce your sleep time gradually. In part 3, we’ll discuss how motivation and lighting can help you get that great night’s sleep you require for your shifts on a travel nursing jobs assignment.

Have a good reason to get up

What makes you sleep in on your days off? If you’re like most of us, it’s simply because there’s no reason not to sleep in. If there’s no reason for you to get up early—whether it’s because you have the day off or because you have one of the travel nursing jobs in Texas with shifts that doesn’t start until later in the day, then it will be harder to rise at an early hour. So how can you get up? Easy. Find a good reason. It can be something as simple as a delicious cup of coffee or something as active as an early morning gym class. If you are a coffee drinker, there are coffee machines you can buy that come equipped with a timer. That means you can add the grounds and water before you go to sleep, set the timer to start making coffee in the morning, and you’ll have the smell of freshly brewed coffee to welcome you into the day.

It doesn’t really matter what your reason for getting up early is, so long as it keeps you from hitting the snooze button. But your chances of success are greater if it’s something you look forward.

Let the sun in

Unless you’re worried about people peeping in your window, you should leave your bedroom curtains open so the sun comes in.

Of course, if you’re one of those people with travel nursing jobs in Texas on the late shift, you may want to keep those curtains shut. But if you really want to rise with the sunrise, then there’s no better way than to let natural light into your room.

That’s because your body produces a sleep hormone melatonin. But when your body interacts with daylight, the process is interrupted and you get a natural cue that it’s time to rise. And if you’re one of those travel nurses in Texas who has to rise for a later shift, you don’t have to feel left out. Phillips has an alarm clock and lamp that will gradually increase the amount of light in your room so as to simulate a natural sunrise.

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One Response to “Sleep Tips for Nursing Jobs in Texas, Part 3: Motivation & Sunlight”

  1. Jaimes Says:

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