When working 12-hour shifts, many nurses say they do not have the time to work out. The fact of the matter is we all have the same number of hours in our days. The difference is how we break up our days and make time for all the important things. It can be done and should be done because our health and overall physical well-being are critically important.
One of the greatest suggestions for nurses working 12-hour night shifts is to try exercising right before work on the first day. Then, take the second and third days as rest. Sleep after your last shift and then workout on your days off.
Meal prep! Everyone takes the tip of meal prep differently. The best and most effective way is to make it simple. When you go to the grocery store, make a list of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. Just what you want for the week! Prep the lean and low-fat proteins, clean up the fruits and veggies and you can grab as you go each day and shake up the sides or how you eat the meal that you have mostly prepped. Same with snacks! Choose quick, healthy, satisfying options.
Sleep. Ensure you are setting an alarm and being consistent. Routine sleep habits help create a great sleep schedule.