Hi I’m Sara.
Here is a little bit about me! I am a Clinical Lab Scientist and I have been working night shift on and off for around 20 years. I am also a previously certified personal trainer. Growing up, I was always intrigued by science, specifically the science of the human body and how it thrives.
I Joined the army straight out of high school. After basic training, I studied to become a clinical lab scientist. It was awesome being able to get an education for a career I wanted, as well as getting free daily exercise. I realized shortly after my individualized training when I started at my duty station that I didn’t get to see people as much as I would like to. I’m not much of an introvert. I was stuck in the lab all day and night. It can get very lonely. After my discharge from the army, I continued my college to earn a degree in science, but at the same time I felt very anxious about getting out in the world and making a difference.
With the support of my family and friends, I took some time off of work and school to pursue a career in personal training. I began working as a trainer in Texas and then moved to Florida and have since moved to Ohio where I currently reside.
I currently have a two-year-old daughter, Nora, a one-year old daughter, Lilly, and the biggest baby of all, my 95-pound boxer, Luca Brasi. It hasn’t been practical for me to continue working as a personal trainer, so I came back to the lab as a scientist again. I am trying to work night shift and balance my life and let me tell you, it is not easy!! I started doing some research and come to find out, there is almost NO information on working night shift and leading a healthy and balanced life. Every diet and doctor show say to eat a healthy breakfast after a good night of sleep. How are we supposed to do that?
Having met so many people with different backgrounds through my life journey, I have come to learn that there is not just one way to live healthily. I have also learned that there are so many reasons people work night shift and sacrifice for themselves and their families. My personal reason right now is so that my daughters don’t have to go to daycare as often and can be home with me caring for them as much as possible during the day. When I was in the army, I worked nights because everyone had to take turns. While I was in school, I worked nights so that I could take classes during the day. Other times in my career, I worked night shift because that is what was available to me. I worked as a traveling Medical technologist for a few years (which is what led me to Ohio and where I met my husband) and also worked nights while traveling. Throughout the years I have tried many different things to balance my life while on night shift. I have gotten input from so many others and am interested in sharing it with you. So many people are looking for answers and help on how to sleep, what to eat, when to eat, when to exercise, and I have probably tried it all!
While I’m working all night and playing with my daughters (and Luca) during the day, I have to be healthy to do all of this. Without a quality sleep routine, healthy foods and vitamins and a consistent workout routine none of this would be possible. (The support of some close friends and family helps too!) I have tried the caffeine and the midnight snacks at the vending machine to stay awake. I’ve gone home and had wine at 730 am to help me sleep. (C’mon, I’m human and it’s my 5-o clock!) I’m sure we have all been there, but to really thrive consistently, a good eating, sleeping and exercise routine is mandatory when working night shift or it’s a downward spiral for your health and your social life (what little bit you can have.)
My true passion is to help others and communicate with others that are in similar situations to lead a life that is better adjusted to a night shift schedule and still allow for a more balanced daily routine. I have seen too many people sick and tired of night shift and not taking care of themselves. Hopefully through the information I’m providing here, we can start getting the word out to the nearly 8 million night shifters that we aren’t all alone and there is a way to work through this night”mare” shift feeling more energized, healthier, happier in general; and getting the sleep we have all dreamed of. No pun intended. We don’t have to be a part of the statistic showing that night shift causes so many negative effects on the body. We can turn it around and I intend to show you how
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out to the best of my ability.
All the best,
Founder of thenitestuff.com