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#340137 - 09/13/10 03:30 AM Have you ever worked the night shift?
onlyakid Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 1569
Loc: New Jersey
The Graveyard shift 11pm-7am?? I just got a job and starting in January I'll be working 11pm-730am. Just wanted to have somebody to talk to who has experienced this. Hope I won't be working it for long.


"Being with people that understand you...Priceless"

"and i don't want the world to see me, cause i don't think that they'd understand"

"You don't know what love just do as your told"

"My life has changed. What you take as a simple thing, is not so simple for me anymore"

#340144 - 09/13/10 01:23 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: onlyakid]
FormerTexan Offline

Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 12074
Loc: Denver, CO
I worked that shift for a few weeks back in 1985. It's not great, but it's a paycheck. I was living with my parents at the time so it was a bit tough trying to sleep during the day.

Money talks, but all it tells me is goodbye.

If I could meet myself as a boy...

#340148 - 09/13/10 02:06 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: FormerTexan]
kidneythis Offline

Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 1558
I have and never liked it as my body never adjusted. If you can start sleeping during the day and staying up at night for as long prior to the start of the job as you can. Watch your nutrition.
Good Luck

As Mark Twain once quipped, history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

#340158 - 09/13/10 04:29 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: onlyakid]
jls Offline

Registered: 03/06/09
Posts: 1142
I did graveyard shifts for a long time, like you 11 PM to 7 AM, up until the end of last year when I was able to switch to a different rotation within the organization I work for. I just couldn’t handle them anymore. Actually I should qualify that – I could handle working the shifts without issue. Instead it was sleeping during the day that was a problem for me. I’d go to bed soon after I got home and fall straight to sleep no problem but then would be wide awake 2 hours later. By my Friday I’d have less than 20 hours sleep for the entire week, which needless to say made me feel like a basket case. Anyways despite this my advice to you is try it out. I have some colleagues who do all overnights just fine and it doesn’t seem to affect them negatively so I guess it’s an individual thing. JS

Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

#340167 - 09/13/10 06:54 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: jls]
alexey Offline
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Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 1674
Loc: Moscow, Russia
In my college days I worked at summer as a train guide. That was the night shift. I slept during the day. What I can say it is hardd physically, but the good is that there is no one who would bother you. During the day work I am constantly being in focus of someone who wants to communicate.

When you feel all alone and unhappy, turn to you Inner Child and talk to Him.
You will see He can comfort you like nothing else!

#340182 - 09/14/10 02:45 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: alexey]
Riley Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 599
Loc: USA
I never actually had a job that was officially a night shift. However in the winter time I am a snowplow driver which will entail not only working in the wee hours of the night but pulling 20 plus hour shifts. When asked how I do it I reply I just don't think about it. Believe me it sucks to be working at 4am but the more you dwell on it the more it sucks, just think about something else. After working 20 hours, every blink feels like a work out, so if you sit there thinking about how tired you are then you are destined to fall asleep, but if you just concentrate on your work then it doesn't suck as much.

By the way, congrats on the new job.

#340183 - 09/14/10 02:46 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: alexey]
Riley Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 599
Loc: USA
Double post, my bad

Edited by Riley (09/14/10 02:46 AM)

#340190 - 09/14/10 03:37 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: Riley]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I worked night shift for a while in graduate school. We ran out of money and this was available. My job was to inject test solutions into a GLC (gas chromatograph = see CRI, Crime Scene Investigation). It was very lonely and spooky. But it paid our bills.



#340193 - 09/14/10 05:23 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: pufferfish]
petercorbett Offline

Registered: 07/27/08
Posts: 2509
Howdy, my brothers.

Not counting my military time. I had worked the grave yard shift at a Wall-Mart, super center.
I worked in the produce section, and i had to clean the racks that the iced down produce was on. (Lots of dirt/mud) on them.
I was alone at the time, and if i wanted an income i took those hours. One plus side to it was there was no "wheels" around to bother you. And maybe a customer or two.
I never got use to those hours and sleeping pattern.

When my wife got here, she just couldn't get used to my hours.
However it wasn't much longer as she was going back to Germany, and as soon as i sold the house i would follow.

When i got back to Germany, i got a job as custodian (janitor), in an Air Force consolidated NCO & officers club.
And most of my working hours was the grave yard shift, and there i was completely by myself. I liked it. Plus you got a bit more in your pay check, for working that shift. It was a bit spooky all sorts of noises, and i believed that there was a ghost there.

When my shift started, the night club manager was supposed to have me locked in. He was supposed to make sure that all the outside doors were secured. But there were a few times when he hadn't checked them like he was supposed to.
Well the Air Force police, always checked the buildings on base to make sure they were secured. And more than once, i would be vacuuming and someone taps me on the shoulder, i damn near poo pooed in my drawers, i usually thought that, that ghost was there. But, again there was nobody to boss me around.

Over all i didn't mind it at all.

Heal well, my brothers, heal well.

"I will take that lost boys hand, and i will lead him from the depths of darkness, into the sunshine, forever into eternity."
As HE is ME.


Edited by petercorbett (09/14/10 05:26 AM)
Working Boys' Home 10-14 yrs old, grades 5-8. 1949-1953
A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.

#340229 - 09/14/10 06:38 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: petercorbett]
KingFred Offline

Registered: 04/23/10
Posts: 57
Loc: West Coast, USA
I used to work this shift for security. Had two seperate posts when I worked the graveyards, but only one per night (would work three nights at one place, two nights at the other place). Wasn't too bad. The worst of it was the sleeping habits, but I was getting paid to watch movies and play video games and I was young so *shrug*.

Not particularly a fan of hugs. High fives and well wishes are always appreciated though.

#340232 - 09/14/10 07:09 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: KingFred]
usmc97 Offline
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Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 448
Loc: Colorado
I did nights before, military, a short time at a Walmart as a civilian, then I did it as a security guard for Hewlett Packard (most boring job ever). I didn't mind it all that much except that I rather be around people than silence.

My "issues" got the best of me and I got fired from every job after the Corps(about 10 in a year or so) until I found a regular day job that took minimal effort but only got minimum wage until I was fired from there too. I haven't worked since, that was back in '01. Two more years homeless until disability finally went through.

Semper Fi

The statistics? 1 in 4, 1 in 6?
...then there's me the imaginary number

#340258 - 09/15/10 07:01 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: usmc97]
Brian Offline
Moderator Emeritus
Registered: 05/03/01
Posts: 1563
Loc: Upstate NY
I've always been a night owl and enjoyed my time working the midnight shift. After a few promotions and gaining seniority, I was forced to work during the day. I never could get used to working a "regular" shift. I retired from the police department 18 months ago and still HATE getting up in the morning - so I usually set my alarm for noon!

Good luck with your new job!


Recovery is Possible!

#340277 - 09/15/10 05:52 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: onlyakid]
Sobernow Offline

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 256
Loc: Oklahoma
I worked graveyard - when i first got out of college.
I liked it better than working evenings. And people didn't bother me as much - cause they don't wanna work your shift.

Also - I got paid a little more

Just have to get down a sleeping routine - tell your friends so they don't call or visit when you need to sleep.
Put foil on your windows in your bedroom.
Take care of your body.

#340488 - 09/19/10 11:29 PM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: KingFred]
alan55 Offline

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 202
Loc: Seattle, WA
I worked 11PM - 7AM as a telephone operator. There were about 4 of us, so we did it like the day folks - break , lunch, break and home. The most difficult part was the sleeping pattern. I have read where humans were meant to be awake during the day and sleep at night. However, you do what you need to do to pay the bills.....

#340596 - 09/22/10 03:37 AM Re: Have you ever worked the night shift? [Re: alan55]
Anomalous Offline

Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 2089
Biologically, I am a night owl.

It is the easiest shift for me to work. The morning or first shift knocks the life out of me.

I never had a problem adapting to the night shift. I naturally prefer to sleep during the day and I am active at night.

My friends call me a bat, or a vampire -- I retreat to the dark when the sun comes up.

There are those of us who are naturally disposed to being awake early, and those of us how are on the other side of the clock. If you try to work the shift that isn't preferred by your body, you need more sleep and usually have problems awakening.

It takes the body at least six weeks to adjust to a new shift, which is why I don't understand why professions, like law enforcement, put people on swing shifts, where they are working a different shift every few days. The body never adjusts, leading to sleep deprivation, anxiety, anger, and health problems.

Ok, I guess I have said too much. Guess I'm just garralous tonight.

Yeah, I have worked the night shift.


Acceptance on someone else's terms is worse than rejection.

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