Get Your Best Night’s Sleep Part 1: Why Your Chronotype Matters for those with Travel Nursing Jobs in Texas

travelnursingjobstexasAre you the kind of nurse who thrives in the morning? Or are you at your best later in the day? There’s no single best answer to that question—it’s based on your chronotype, or the attribute that people have that determines what time of day they are at their most alert.

But chances are if you’re a registered nurse looking for travel nursing jobs in Texas, then you probably already know what your chronotype is, since you’ve probably worked shifts where you felt vibrant and alert and you’ve worked shifts where you were dreary and tired. RNs with travel nursing jobs in Texas have likely learned that late shifts can be rough on early risers, and early morning shifts are tough for night owls.

And your chronotype doesn’t just determine whether you’re a morning or an afternoon person; it will also dictate how long you need to sleep at night. Can you get by on five hours a night? Or do you need eight hours to feel your best?But you don’t have to resign yourself to travel nursing jobs in Texas that will leave you sluggish and drowsy. There are ways you can train yourself to adjust to a shift that doesn’t align with your natural rythmn. Odd shifts can really test an RNs natural rhythm. But there are ways to cope. Here is the first tip i our series on how you can get your best night’s sleep.

Tip #1: Wake Up at the Same Time Everyday

 

This first tip for those with travel nursing jobs in Texas is to go to bed when you’re tired and to wake up at the same time every day. This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’ve taken a lot of travel nursing jobs in Texas, then you know that it can be a rule that can at times be difficult to adhere to.

We’ve all had this scenario happen to us: It’s 10pm, you’ve had a long day at your clinic and you’re ready for bed. But as you flip through the TV channels one last time before turning in, you get sucked in by a TV show. By the time the show ends, at 11pm, and you’re not tired anymore. Now it may take another hour of two before you fall asleep again.

What happened? TV is stimulating. That’s why it’s not recommended for those experiencing insomnia to watch TV. Watching just a little TV can be enough to keep even busy RNs with travel nursing jobs in Texas up after a long day.

So what’s the solution? Should you stop watching TV altogether? Of course not, but it helps to be more aware of your body’s natural rhythm. If you feel tired, then resist the urge to turn on the TV. Just go to sleep instead.

Another thing those with travel nursing jobs in Texas will want to avoid is going to bed when they’re not tired. Even if you have to get up at 5am the next day, turning in at 9pm when you’re not tired will just make you feel frustrated and anxious. And that anxiety can lead to insomnia. In other words, wait until you’re tired, and aim for waking up at the same time every day. Your new natural rhythm will quickly develop.

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One Response to “Get Your Best Night’s Sleep Part 1: Why Your Chronotype Matters for those with Travel Nursing Jobs in Texas”

  1. Sleep Tips for Nursing Jobs in Texas, Part 3: Motivation & Sunlight « Advantage Medical Staffing Says:

    […] 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 […]

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