An opening dialysis technician is the person that arrives very early at the clinic in order to get it ready for the day. An opening dialysis technician may arrive as early as 2:30AM in order to have enough time to set-up the machines and make sure everything is in order for when the first patient arrives. The opening dialysis technician does an important job but it can also be very tough because of the odd hours involved.
An Opening Dialysis Technician Must Sleep Smarter
Due to the late night/early morning schedule the opening dialysis technician must be wise and intentional about the quality of sleep they get. Not getting enough sleep can cause a lot of issue with your body as well as your job performance.
When you are sleep deprived everything you do takes longer. So lack of sleep at best reduces your efficiency and at worst is dangerous.
You are also more likely to make errors when you are tired due to poor sleep. We’ve all experienced screwing up a routine task like starting the coffee maker when we only got a few hours of sleep. This can easily be avoided.
The patients of your clinic will be counting on you so it is important that your work opening the clinic is efficient and without error. Here are six great sleep tips to help improve the quality of your sleep and make you a better opening dialysis technician:
1. Your Bed Is For Sleeping – Many of us get in the habit of watching television, using our tablets, or playing video games while sitting or laying in our bed. This is poor habit building when it comes to sleeping. Only use your bed for sleeping and you will see an improvement in the quality of your sleep.
2. Establish A Sleep Routine – This one is especially important since you’ll need to be waking up at such an early hour. Going to bed at the exact same time everyday will help you wake when you need to. You’ll have to experiment a little to find the exact right schedule for you but when you do nail one down be sure to stick to it. Yes, even on weekends.
3. Block Out The Light – The human body evolved to be awake in the light and to be asleep when it is dark. Since you’ll most likely being going to bed when it is still light out you’ll want to make sure all light is completely blocked from entering your bedroom. This might mean upgrading your curtains to “block out” curtains. Think of kind hotels have because those are usually designed to completely block out all light.
4. Daily Caffeine Deadline – Caffeine is a drug that can offer benefits like increased energy and focus. Plus many people just enjoy coffee, tea, or sodas. But what we don’t realize is just how long term an effect this powerful substance can have on our body. Avoid caffeine of any kind 8 – 10 hours before bed. This way you get the benefit of caffeine (which will probably be needed as an opening dialysis technician) but it will not effect your sleep.
5. Properly Prepare For Sleep – If possible use the hour leading up to your bedtime to wind down and prepare your body for sleep. This means turning off the TV and any other screens, quieting and noise, and lowering the lights. Some people find casual reading of material that does not require much thinking to be very helpful. This step makes sure your body is ready to sleep once your head hits the pillow.
6. Be Active When You Awake – Another thing the human body evolved to do was wake up ready to move, take advantage of this. Since you’ll be waking up at such odd hours you might not be ready to hit the gym but you could still do activities like yoga, pilates, or taking a walk. Not only will this get your body and brain going for your dialysis technician duties it will also help you fall asleep faster at the end of the day.
It can be a challenge getting enough quality sleep no matter what job you do or when you do it. But these six tips should help any opening dialysis technician do their job better.