Wellness for Nurses: Don’t Cut Your Sleep Short!

Sleep is important for everyone—and that includes nurses. During your shift, you’re required to be on your feet and alert, because the lives of your patients are literally in your hands! Your brain and body need enough sleep to be able to function well, so you’ll have plenty of energy, be able to think clearly, remember information and do your job to the best of your ability. Plus, getting enough sleep helps your immune system stay in top shape, so you can stay healthy. During your travel nurse placement in picturesque Billings, Montana, don’t miss a minute of the action on your shifts—follow these five tips to help you get your zzzzzs.

Five sleep tips for nurses

You can help yourself get better sleep every night by sticking to the following healthy sleep rules:

  1. Go to bed at the same time every night. This helps your body regulate itself and wake up at the same time every morning. Though it may seem like a good idea to stay up late and sleep in on your days off, this can throw your body off and actually do more harm than good.
  2. Keep your bedroom cool and calm. Your body needs certain conditions to ensure good sleep. First, you’ll want to keep your bedroom between 67-70 degrees F, quiet and free from unnecessary light. It can help to get heavy curtains or a sleep mask. You may like to snuggle with your dog or cat, but animals frequently move around and this can wake you up. It’s best to keep pets out of your room during the night.
  3. Listen to white noise. Quiet is good, but sometimes white noise can help lull you into a deep, restful sleep. You can buy a machine that makes white noise or download an app for your smart phone.
  4. Exercise.  Working out helps you burn calories, build muscle, maintain a healthy weight and sleep better at night. If you can work out every day, this helps. If not, experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity every week.
  5. Relax before bed. Forming a bedtime routine can help you relax and settle in for a long night’s slumber. This can include reading, meditation, listening to music or taking a bath. Try to avoid reading, watching TV or screen time with your computer or electronic devices right before bed—all of these things can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Check out what the experts have to say

The National Sleep Foundation offers tips and information about ways to get good sleep—and recommends between 6–8 hours per night. You can learn more about good sleep techniques and different sleep disorders by visiting the NSF online.

Looking for your next travel nurse job?

When you’re well rested and ready to travel, check out TaleMed for travel nurse positions. We place candidates with jobs in the mountains of Billings, the sun of San Diego, the upbeat culture of Austin and many more cities across the country. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact our experienced recruiters.

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