One of the biggest struggles with shift work is the weird sleeping hours. If you’ve been struggling with exhaustion, depending on massive amounts of caffeine to get going and just feel like shit in general – try some of these to get the best sleep during daylight hours.

1) Darkness Calls

Darkness signals to our body it’s time to make melatonin, the key hormone in regulating our internal clock. Invest in a good set of black out curtains. They shouldn’t allow in slivers of light or much noise if fit properly. And if you can’t find a good pair, follow the lead of those questionable houses and put pieces of cardboard or foam over your windows. Purchasing a sleep mask is also a great option if you can’t make your room dark enough.

2) Cool Off

Turn on the overhead fan, bring in an oscillating fan or keep the thermostat low during the day. Your body temperature tends to drop slightly before you sleep, so exposing yourself to a lower temperature for bed will signal your body to produce melatonin. The higher your melatonin levels, the better you’ll rest. Ideal temperatures seem to be between 60-68 degrees.


Noises above 30 db have the potential to disturb your sleep. While they might not bring you fully awake, they can interrupt your sleep cycles making it harder to get into REM and feel rested when you wake up. If you’ve invested in decent curtains and turned on a fan, odds are that will be enough to block outside noise. Using the TV can interfere with our sleep due to the light it, so consider an alternative to this if you’ve been using it. Running the dishwasher or the washing with the alarms off are great alternatives and you’re cleaning while you sleep. Win – win!


Put your phone on silence, turn it off or to do not disturb mode. People don’t understand your schedule, forget your schedule or just don’t care. This includes text messages and random alerts from ESPN and reddit, so make sure the sound is off!

However, if your neighbor John still thinks is appropriate to mow his lawn at 10am this might wake you up. Consider sleeping with an eye mask, ear plugs and all of the above.

4 thoughts on “Daytime Sleeping

  1. Been on nightshift over 2 years now and it has done so much damage to my body. I have been hoping to find a new position that pays enough to get me back to days (the differential is quite good). The hardest part is getting sleep on an already tight schedule…12hr shifts 1hr commute each way, and several animals to care for (horses, chickens, dog, cats). Top top it off I often switch my schedul on my 4 day weekends (every other week) since I need sun and daytime hours for my psyche and to get anything done.


    1. That sounds really tough! Night differential is definitely appealing isn’t it? Is there anyway you can pay someone to take care of animals even one day a week? That might be enough to help you feel rested enough to survive the week.


      1. That’s a great idea. I’m sure I could wrangle the boyfriend to do it. Only problem is he hates horses and it’s hard to find someone trustworthy that is affordable at my wages. I also petsit and for my crew I’d be charging $40 per visit. Definitely food for thought though!


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