Top Tips for Getting Enough Sleep During CNA Training

cna trainingCNA Training

When I was first told what CNA training was, I thought my new career path was going to be a breeze. After all, my CNA training class was only three weeks long. I attended class Monday through Friday from eight in the morning until four o’clock in the evening. Sounds like a normal day, right? It shouldn’t have been difficult at all.

What I failed to remember when I was considering the time I would spend during CNA training was that I wasn’t just going to spend my time in a classroom then call it quits for the day. After class let out, I drove for an hour, then worked part-time in my nursing home’s kitchen, serving supper and washing dishes. I’d leave there at 8:30, get home, take a shower, eat, study and do homework, then get back up at 6:00 the next morning to do it all again. My weekends during this time weren’t free either; I worked eight hour shifts in the activities center at the nursing home.

I enjoyed this time immensely; I loved CNA training and loved being able to earn a paycheck, albeit small, during those three weeks, but I didn’t realize starting out how crazy the schedule would be. There was little time for sleep, and I knew I would need plenty of it if I was going to pass CNA training.

Sleeping Tips During CNA Training

After the first week of living with exhaustion and worrying about my future, I decided to take matters into my own hands and figure out a better way of handling my time and my sleep. Here are just a few tips I’d like to pass alone to anyone who’s having the same difficulties I was.

  • Sleep when you can. A ten or twenty minute nap during a break or in the car before work will do wonders for the body and mind.
  • Don’t use uppers and downers, ie caffeine and sleep aides. These mess with your body and will prevent you from teaching your body when and when not to sleep.
  • Set a schedule. If your goal is to get to bed at 11:00 pm each night and wake up at 6:00 am, then do it. If possible, climb into bed at least thirty minutes early so your body has a chance to wind down.
  • Forget the all-nighters. If you have a quiz coming up or are studying for the CNA training exam, study a bit each night. Losing 15 minutes of sleep every night will be a lot easier to cope with than losing an entire night’s rest.
  • Need to take a quick powernap? Make sure you have the right tools on hand. Carry a battery-powered alarm clock, extra batteries, earbuds, and sunglasses with you in your car.

Take Control of Your Sleep During CNA Training

If you’re having trouble getting enough sleep during CNA training, the results could affect your work, your grades, and how well you do on your exams. Take control now, and use these tips to ensure you catch enough shuteye during CNA training.

Leave a Reply