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Marisol Escuadra 48880
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I have made it my goal this past week to sleep 8 hours or more, if possible, to help boost my health. Plus, sleeping also helps burn calories!! #healthynurse #AHNA
I just signed up for Headspace!  It's free through the American Nurses Association and I love it!!  I listened to ...
Marisol Escuadra ‍ have you tried the Headspace app? I have been listening to the soothing meditation sounds to ...
Meltom01 48866
I find that several times a month, I go 1 to 2 nights without any sleep. I have tried meditation, reading a boring book, even a prescription sleeping pill and no sleep comes.  Any suggestions?
Hi Christi,
I JUST signed up for Headspace! I will give it a try :)  Congrats on the new baby and thanks for replying 
Meltom01 ‍ I have a new baby so when I have a chance to sleep, I have to try to fall asleep fast and sometimes at weird ...
Deb7 45981
"Put the phone down for 5 minutes". I put it down for an entire day. Left it at home, turned off, gave it time to reset, and me to. That day was the most freeing day that I have had in a long time. I'm going to do that more often. That felt great!!!
Deb7 Feb '20
Hey Deb7 ‍, 

In this modern world, ignoring your phone is actually considered a mindfulness practice. Studies ...
ChristiM 41790 ChristiM Feb '20
Deb7 ‍ Great job! I have left my phone at home accidentally and also end up feeling freer not having the ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Feb '20
That's awesome Deb7 ‍ !  I don't know if I can quite leave my phone at home, but I can certainly do a better job of ...
RobynGG1 37991
Hi All,
Does anyone else find you are more tired at the beginning of your shift than the end of it? Then I cannot turn off my mind enough to fall asleep at a decent time. Tips? Am I alone!
Thanks Robyn
RobynGG1 Jun '19
I find doing online jigsaw puzzles helps me unwind; to be able to sleep soon after, or before, I put down the tablet. ...
abbyeed 40465 abbyeed Feb '20
I definitely was going through the same thing you were when I worked 3pm-11pm. I didn't fall asleep or was even ready ...
ChristiM 41790 ChristiM Dec '19
RobynGG1 ‍ if you need a little boost before your shift starts, I have found that eating fruit helps to wake me up a ...
nursekristy 35457
Do any of you have trouble sleeping? Is there anything you do to help you relax or any supplements you take that help you sleep?

I transitioned from nights in September, so getting more than 5 hours of sleep has been hard for me. Right now ...
nursekristy May '19
I was in your position years ago, and through my career, working nights, had many negative effects on me. Stay away ...
Thank you so much for your informative reply! 😘
I find melatonin is helpful, especially when sleep schedule has been disrupted
vbart76 35547
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I often encourage family to go home and rest while patients are in the ICU settings, when they feel comfortable with the care team providing for their loved one. I often remind them that this chance doesn’t happen often during a hospital ...
vbart76 Sep '19
Thank you for your acknowledgment with regard to my experience in the ICU post-op— I see it hasn’t changed in 35 ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Nov '19
Wow, that sounds really horrible  StephaniePW60 ‍!  I worked in a Neuro ICU on the night shift, and I wonder how many ...
I wish you a speedy recovery! Sending healing energies.

Post op sleep is the best.

I am away at Sigma Convention in DC ...
abbyeed 40465
Where is everyone from?
I'm from Southern Maryland and it's getting CHILLLLY over here. Our low today is 42 degrees and the high is 67. I wear a light long sleeve shirt when the sun is out but then I have to put on some layers when the sun goes ...
abbyeed Oct '19
ChristiM 41790 ChristiM Nov '19
I'm in Central Maryland. Its started to be VERY chilly out here. I have definitely started adding extra vitamin C to ...
Aieda Solomon 448


This discussion thread is to talk about the point raised in The Case for Taking a Break blog. Does the thought of you taking a break at work stress you out? Why? What are the challenges that make taking opportunities to rest so difficult in ...
Aieda Solomon May '17
Today's Better Work-Life Balance challenge tip  highlights the importance of taking a break at work. So we ...
CarolineLewis ‍ The break nurses sound like game changers!  Thanks for sharing. 
I am a travel nurse and have worked in a few states including Florida, South Carolina, New Mexico, and California. I ...
LisaT 21668
I would love to see more tips on healthy sleep, how much we need and how to improve on it.
LisaT Oct '18
Mike Goss 33567 Mike Goss Mar '19
These are great ideas! I would "highly" recommend reading, "Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams" ...
LisaT ‍ Sign up for our Healthy Sleep challenge here for more tips on how to get better quality sleep and rest ...
trekteri 23937 trekteri Nov '18
Everything I have read says eight hours each night for healthy sleep
Aieda Solomon 448
Hi guys, not sure how you are faring, but in the mid-atlantic we are freezing in March (and SALTY about it, well... at least I am). I thought i'd put a call out for your favorite hot drink recipes on a night like this, and share mine (below) ...
Aieda Solomon Mar '19
It is Ellen Martin, PHD ‍. I hope you try it :) 
Wow that sounds so exotic and comforting!

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