Another one working graveyard - five 8 hr shifts.
Although there are some advantages (minimal supervision, downtime so I can browse the boards/internet, etc), I agree with the disadvantages that others have mentioned.
Sleep is a big one. Sure, when I was younger I didnt seem to need as much sleep - and there were times when I even worked 2 jobs to make ends meet (usually during the day). My kids were young enough that I got to see them in the morning before school (if they were in school) and when they were out for holidays or whatnot I was able to spend time with them. My Mom was able to take care of them overnight.
Now, I just cant get by without sleep. I have to take meds and they require a minimum of 8 hrs of rest. If I dont take the meds, I’ll sleep for about 2 hrs and then boom - wide awake. The phone is usually off so that’s not a prob. Since I live in the country, not really an issue with people poppin over unannounced. I had a couple of rough days when there was a lack of sleep and I didnt go in to work - but as I get more used to the hours it doesnt seem to be so much an issue.
What is an issue is that the “day people” dont seem to understand what it’s like.
For example, I signed up for a program at work that helps prepare you to go back to college and also to learn some medical terminology. The hours are from 1-3pm.
This is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of my sleep pattern. The response I got: “Well, maybe you’ll just need to get up a little earlier.” A little earlier? Hey dude, this is like me tellin you that you need to go to bed at 6pm (an hour after work) and get up at 10pm, go to class from 11-1am and then start your whole day over and be at work by 8am. Not. So. Easy. It’s hard for me to go to bed as soon as I get home so I’m usually up til 11 doing some chores and then relaxing. I make myself go to bed and I sleep til 9-930 (I usually dont doze off til around noon). I tend to sleep longer because my sleep is often disturbed anytime after the first 2 hrs - the cats playing, the dogs barking, the birds chirping. It’s like my body is telling me “Hey, lazy butt, it’s after noon! Why are you still in bed???” ugh.
I have noticed my sinuses bother me a lot more than usual and I have a tendency to get more headaches. Bonus thing, though, is that I dont seem to wake up during my sleep time because my wrist hurts.
Family life: That one’s tricky. I get to see them briefly before work/school when I get home and briefly before I leave. I usually stay up all day on Fridays and pick up after school, go to bed at a “normal hour” - usually 11pm. I have a tendency to want to sleep all day on Saturdays, though, but my hubby-thingy* usually makes me get out of bed around noon.
Sex life: I used to have one. I used to want one. Now I’m too damned tired and that is soooooo not me! I miss it. And I feel bad because I know it’s also difficult on the hubby-thingy. :smack: Now I remember how/why I behaved myself so many years ago when I was working late hours/graveyard!!
On a side note: One of the guys I work with is single and he has no problem with relationships… of course, he doesnt go out and date or anything either. He has his computer and games to keep him occupied.
The other 2 guys are married. One of them works 2 jobs as well as his wife so they dont see much of eachother. The other one has been married for several years and they seem to do just fine.
Added bonus to working graveyard - the guys I work with are gamers, so I fit in. I’m also the only female on the shift in this dept so I dont have to put up with the backstabbing and gossip that normally goes on.