I’ll be the first to admit that I hate sacrificing sleep time (well, who doesn’t?) but sometimes it is not a choice. I’ve always needed an exceptional amount of sleep to be fully functioning the following day, so I knew going into the medical field was going to challenge me physically.
I have had a wonderful month on my current rotation. A typical day starts at 6:30 a.m. and ends around dinner time, 5:30 p.m. During the day, it doesn’t feel all that bad because I’m up and running around, hanging out with patients (my only social time it seems) and learning a whole lot from other professionals. But by the time I get home, kick off my shoes, and do some reading on my bed, I feel the exhaustion kick in. I’ve found myself skipping dinner to catch up on sleep. My Fridays are the most uneventful because I’ll get home and clonk out for the next 14 hours. Amazingly, that seems to help me last throughout the work week.
How do you spend your Friday nights?