Sleep mask & earplugsWith this kind of work, you'll be sleeping during sun hours. There's no way around it. It's also quite likely there will be outside noise during these hours. Other people or pets in your house, neighbors mowing the lawn, etc. A simple solution to both is this sleep mask and ear plug set. You'll have to get over the goofiness. This didn't apply to me, but heavy sleepers may want to get a really loud alarm or one that shakes your pillow. Just in case the ear plugs nullify your alarm clock.
ModafinilIf you're doing weird hours, your doctor will write you a script for modafinil. Right on the Provigil site it mentions shift work disorder. The first night I took the stuff, I did it at the 200 mg prescribed dosage. And I tweaked out. While my dealing skills were at 110%, everything was almost painfully bright and colorful. This is an issue in a casino. If I looked at a card too long, the focus hurt my eyes. I also became extremely anxious about talking to anyone. The next night I used a pill cutter to take 100 mg. That was the sweet spot for me. I don't recommend starting out at 200 mg. Another thing is that the effectiveness goes down with consecutive days of use.
- Day 1: 100% effect
- Day 2: 60% effect
- Days 3 - 5: 20% maybe
SleepingOn the actual topic of sleeping, it depends on when you are most active. My daily schedule looked like this for a while:
- 12:00 AM - wake up, take modafinil
- 2:00 AM to 10:00 AM - work
- 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM - sleep
- 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM - sleep