Oh man! We're going through the same thing right now! I feel for you
Colin was working the B shift for quite a while now- it's supposed to be his permenant shift (he's a cop) but now they've changed him to midnights and he's abosoultely going crazy!! When he started training a year ago....they had him work all 3 shifts (a,b,and c) for a few weeks at a time then assigned them. The A shift is 6:30-2:30, B 2:30-10:30 (but since it's the busiest shift- there were tons of nights he wouldn't get home till after 11....but it's his favorite shift because they get the most action.) and the C shift is 10:30-6:30....Well,..they had some screwups on C shift that they are about to fire- but they wanted to make sure they had all of their ducks in a row- so they've switched them to B shift (the most active one- to get a better chance at watching them "screw up" so to speak so that they have evidence to fire them.) So in the mean time- they switched some of the screw ups to B shift and the good officers like Colin to C shift.
It's supposed to just be temporary but we don't know for how long. So two days this week he worked the C shift. / And now get this- they just got their new radar equipment in this week (all cops must be radar certified- it's a 3 day class) so the class is for all of them from 8:00-2:00pm something now- so for today, tomorrow, and wednesday- they've switched his sleep schedule yet again!
then after that straight to midnights on thrs!!!! We're soooooo frusterated! Because not only does it affect his sleep schedule- it also keeps me up too and i don't sleep well without him.
/ Here's what we've done though and it does help- we went to wal-mart and got Window Tint (the kind for trucks/cars) and put it on all the windows in the room (looks less tacky than people who put aluminum foil and stuff on there to darken it.) then we got Black out curtains (beige one- they actually look really nice in our room.) and we already had blinds- so with the tint, blinds, and curtains- he can sleep a bit better without all the light comming in. (he's super sensitive to light and can't sleep well with any in the room). Also- if i have to go to bed and he's not home- i try and drink a little hot caffine free tea first- it makes me sleepy. Then i let Fosters (our dog) sleep with me too
/ It helps a bit- but i still don't sleep well without him
Also- try not to watch tv or get on the net right before bed- the glare/light from the screens confuses your brain with the signals it sends and makes you think it's daytime. So try to read a magazine or book instead until you get tired. Also- working out a few hours before bed time helps too. Don't take baths/showers right before bed- because the heat increases your heart rate and makes it harder to fall asleep. Also -try spraying some lavender oil or spray on your pillows and sheets at night to help you sleep.
I feel you're pain- i'm going through the same thing too