The light-dark cycle is the most important environmental time cue for entraining circadian rhythms of most species, including humans, and bright artificial light exposure has been developed as a method to improve circadian adaptation in night workers. Caffeine is the most widely used alerting drug in the world and has been shown to improve alertness in simulated night work. Modafinil and armodafinil are non-amphetamine alerting drugs originally developed for the treatment narcolepsy that have been approved by the FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) for excessive sleepiness associated with Sleep Work Disorder.

Head Nurse; A fellow blogger writes about how to deal with night shift in the post titled Beginners Guide to Working Nights.
As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN.
For the past eleven years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S.

I hope you don’t mind, but I wrote an article several years ago about working the night shift.

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