Night Shift

By meemawkaren Latest Reply 2014-10-14 01:38:58 -0500
Started 2014-10-13 04:09:55 -0500

I am recently diagnosed type 2 as of August 22, 2014. Also at that time I found out my B12 was extremely low as well as my Vitamin D. So now taking Metformin 2 x's a day. My problem is trying to keep a schedule of medications and eating times when I work all night long… I work from 11 pm to 7 am, usually in bed by 9 am then up between 2 to 7 pm. If I wake up earlier in the day I can't get back to sleep. I have been taking 10 mg of Melatonin and it seem to help. I just need help figuring out me a schedule… Does anyone else work grave yard shift out there and have a handle on this problem??

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Type1Lou 2014-10-13 14:00:52 -0500 Report

I can't speak about late shift but hope you are taking B12 and vitamin D3 supplements. I discovered I was deficient in B12 when I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2011. After taking B12, the depression went away. I now take a sublingual OTC B12 at lunch each day. My endo, in 2010 discovered I was deficient in vitamin D3 which is essential in proper insulin metabolism. I have been taking 3000iu of D3 daily and split up the 3 1000iu pills, taking one with each meal.

meemawkaren 2014-10-14 01:38:58 -0500 Report

Yes I am taking B12 and Vitamin D supplements, and also have received B12 shots on my visits to the Dr. I take my D and B12 when I get to work at night at the start of my shift, as this time is my so called morning. I take 2 Vitamin D-3 5000IU and also take 2 sublingual B12 5000mcg at this time.

medfly3 2014-10-13 13:34:09 -0500 Report

I Was Diagnosed August 4th. I Take Meds Just Like I Was Up At Regular Times. I Work Grave Shift 11p-7:30a, or sometimes 7p-7a. So whenever i get up or closer to leaving for work i'll take "morning" meds and when i get home and just before "bed" time i take night meds. To me it seems the logical thing to do because it is my morning and night not typical times for "normal" people! LOL! Hope That Helps. I take Metformin 1000mg 2x's a day and Glipizide 10mg 2x's a day plus other meds.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-10-13 08:24:57 -0500 Report

10PM to 6 AM…unless the relief person is late, or doesn't come at all, or I am covering for short staff on the evening shift.
Sleep cycle matches yours. I do best with at least 6 hours of sleep. However, often end up waking up with just 4 hours. Can manage to get another 2 to 4 hours later if I do something for a couple of hours. Seems the times I am less stressed I sleep better and can get the 6 to 8 hours.
Usually I try to take my allergy med, Sublingual B complex, Vit D around 8:30 to 9 PM while getting ready for work. When I was taking metformin 1x a day, I would take it with the rest. Since that was my morning.

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