Our expert says:
Working shifts is indeed a problem because it disturbs one's biorhythms and biological clock. The fact that your schedule also changes within the week, will complicate matters even further (individuals who work the same shift every day for a given period, will probably feel less disorientated than someone like you who has to sometimes work the early and sometimes the late shift). In general, sticking to your usual routine for meals would probably be the best, but you will have to experiment with this to see if it is sustainable. This would mean having you breakfast at let's say 7 am, your lunch at noon and supper at 6 to 7 pm on the days when your work from 6am to 3 pm and then only resting after your supper. On the days when you work from 5 pm to 2 am, you would still apply your normal meals times, but this will be more difficult because your may be sleeping at noon. As to staying awake on the night shift, you don't mention what type of work you will be doing? If the work permits you to read or do an activity like a handcraft then you will probably be able to keep awake. Remember to get up every hour and walk around for about 10 minutes doing some deep breathing to provide your body and brain with oxygen to counteract sleepiness. Also drink about half a cup of water after your ‘walk’ to keep you hydrated.
I do hope you will be able to manage these difficult hours
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