Help me get to sleep
December 7, 2011 2:45 AM Subscribe
I'm a nursing student and I've stopped sleeping the night before clinical. I could handle it when there was only one clinical day a week, but now there is two and I'm struggling.
posted by pintapicasso to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've dealt with very minor insomnia before. Nothing consistent, and for the past few years I sleep straight through the night whenever I go to bed. I always go to sleep around 8:30 pm and wake up at 4:30 or 5 no matter the day of the week.
I'm a new nursing student and I slept fine for the first couple clinical days (once a semester) but then I just stopped being able to. I live quite far from the hospital and my teacher doesn't post our assignments until the afternoon of the day before so I have a lot of work to do that evening. Afterwards I just lay in bed until 2 or 3 am.
I actually feel ok when I get up and go to clinical the next day when I've only lost one night of sleep (although I know my judgement is impaired). But now we have 2 clinical days in a row, the hospital is even farther away from my house, and I am running on ~6 hours of sleep for two nights. I'm really feeling tired this morning.
I think I am (very reluctantly) going to call out of clinical today because of patient safety reasons, but this is a strike against me and it can not happen again. I need to figure something out before this time next week.
- When I am lying in bed I'm not actively worrying about or even thinking about school or clinical, or anything. I'm just concentrating on my breathing, a happy part of my day, or nothing at all. If I try to get up and read I am way too tired to do so, but still can't fall back asleep.
- Sometimes I end up sleeping for around an hour or 45 minutes, but often I go straight through without sleeping.
-I've tried melatonin but it did nothing.
- Normally I would have a glass of wine or a strong drink, but I am on accutane and I am not able to drink alcohol. Therefore, no suggestions to have a glug of whiskey before bed, please.
I am reluctant to ask my doctor for sleeping pills because I sleep great 5-6 nights out of 7 and I don't want to become addicted. I'm also paranoid of taking drugs that could interact with the accutane.
Any suggestions? I am at a loss and really mad that I have to miss clinical this week.