I know there's a number of members here who've done night shifts, or still do them, so I'm looking for advice. I've done them long enough to get a general routine that works OK, but there's always room for improvement. I usually work 2, 3 or 4 in a row. Sometimes I go to work in the morning, finish at 2PM then come back at 10PM that night. I suppose in one month I might work 6 in total, and also do early morning shifts, regular 9-5 shifts, and evening shifts (2-10). I mostly have few problems falling to sleep after night shift, even though in January it's brilliantly light when I get home I have solved this with an eye mask, since no matter what I try I can't block the light from coming through the window, and the landlords are not keen to allow me to get blackout curtains. I also use ear plugs to block out general noise, though they can't stop everything, and I sleep with a fan on to provide some white noise. Frequently I sleep from about 7:30AM until around midday. Then I wake up, but can usually go back to sleep until around 3PM, although the second sleep is quite a lot lighter. This may not sound great, but compared to many of my colleagues I do a reasonable job. Some people will only get 3-4 hours total in between night shifts because they are unable to sleep during the day. I will get up at 3/4PM, have a shower and breakfast and then vegetate. This is the only time in my life I watch TV. I feel anaesthatised (is that a word?). After an hour of this, I'm tired again, and usually go back to sleep for an hour. If the weather is decent I go for a walk, but tend to feel a little like the walking dead. After this last sleep I feel pretty good, have dinner later and in the evening I start to "wind up" and generally feel OK. Sometimes I go to the pub or a party before night shift starts at 10PM (no alcohol of course). Because after 8PM I pretty much can't sleep anymore. So I would say my main issues are: 1) I want to be able to sleep longer in one go. If I could sleep non stop to 3PM that would be brilliant. Any tips on how to do this? Is it really possible? 2) Issues with digestion. Without getting into excessive detail, nights really stuff this up. I quite often have a "churning" stomach for much of the day. This never resolves itself until I finish the whole run of shifts and get to sleep at night. 3) Enjoyment of life. I find it hard to truly enjoy my life whilst on nights, and am prone to feeling very gloomy, or feeling "nothing". Also, my fuse shortens considerably and can go from feeling neutral to flying off the handle far too quickly. It's really astonishing the things that **** me off at such times. 4) Training. I will never train "in between" night shifts. It's a bit of a disaster. But it's fine training after the last night. Some of this stuff you may say I should ask a doctor, but it's surely like turning up and saying "when I drink lots of alcohol I wake up with a bad head and feel sick the next day". All this is standard fare night shift stuff, and the real solution is basically to stop doing them but that is not an option for me. I have heard that melatonin is worth trying, but I'm a little confused as to whether you are supposed to take it after you've finish your run of nights and are adjusting back into night-sleeping again, or if you take it to help you sleep during the day?