I am 18 and I just got my first job about 4.5 months ago. I work steady midnight shift (11pm to 7:30am) My job is a physical job as the manager said. In the 4.5 months of working there, I have changed. I started the job weighing 212lbs. Currently I weigh about 187lbs. (I noticed myself I thinned down quite a bit.) I lost 25lbs in 4.5 months. I eat less. I sleep more. I developed black under my eyes. I am however quite cranky when my parents wake me up earlier than usual. But the thing I wrote about is: Previously it was never a problem. Since I started my job, often when I stand up I get light headed and like my vision fades out slightly for about a second when I do so. What could be causing this to happen?
You say you're sleeping more, but how's the quality of your sleep? Some people who work the night shift find that the sleep they get is not very good. Even if you're in bed for 8 hours, if the sleep you get is choppy, that is, you're not getting enough of the deeper stages of sleep, you could have symptoms such as you're describing. Maybe the night shift isn't the best for you.
Like Andrea said, see your doctor to make sure there's not something else going on. If everything checks out okay, consider finding a job with daytime hours.
Your symptoms sound like orthostatic hypotension, which sounds really scary but is actually just not drinking enough water. Especially with the work schedule wreaking havoc with your sleep, it is important to keep hydrated.
My sleep is alright. It could be better, not sure how. For example: Last week I had 2-nights off. I got home in the morning. Went to bed around 9:30am and woke up around 7:00pm. Was up from then till about 11:20pm before I fell back asleep till 2am. Was up from 2am till about 5:30am. then slept from 5:30am till 8:15ish am. and was up the rest of that day. Also, what may be the cause of the black that developed under my eyes. I have been asked a few times if I got punched in the eyes because they were pretty dark. The day that I did mention above, after all of that, I did notice the black was much lighter and barely noticeable. (I also have just started taking a multivitamin due to eating much less. Its called MegaMen Sport. I mentioned to the lady working at the GNC that I needed a multivitamin and explained to them what I do and stuff and thats what they recommended.)
Last edited by lvlagic5538; 08-07-2007 at 08:42 AM.