2 or 3 times a month I rotate up to nightshift. It sucks because my nightshifts are NEVER in a row...just one random night thrown in and then I'm back on 12 hour days the next day. It kills me & I am like a zombie for a couple days afterwards. One thing that helps diminish the nightshift hangover (and if you've ever done this kind of flip flopping, it really is like a hangover) is running. Even a short run. But it is the HARDEST THING EVER to get up after a crappy 4 or 5 hours sleep and GET MY BUTT OUT THE DOOR! I know I have to & that I will feel worse if I don't, but it is hard.
I'm always glad I did though, because some of my best speed runs are these days that I negotiate with myself to 'just run hard for 5K'. Today I managed to get progressively faster, which is hard for me. Check this out:
Tomorrow I start 5 12's in a row....so my running streak dies. But I'll be back next week & ready for a long, long shakeout run :-)
Do you rotate shifts?
How do you cope with a disrupted sleep cycle????
Happy Running :-)