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I Have Worked the Night Shift

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    Goodbye from Being a vampire.

    . Hello for being a human being once again.. I kissed Night shift goodbye!
    DorisTag DorisTag 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 13

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    My head is pulsing. The sunlight is my enemy,

    and I now have murderous thoughts upon hearing through my open window what appears to be my neighbours digging and scraping their garden with a shovel. I wish I could just scream out the window at them. Oh, the joys of nights.
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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    Good morning to all my night crawlers out there.

    Time for that afternoon wake me up cup of coffee.. "Good morning !!"
    beautifulmoon100 beautifulmoon100 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 15, 2014

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    I rather work a night shift stocking

    than a morning shift stocking.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M Nov 23, 2014

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    Yeah. Many night shift jobs.

    It messes with your body clock, your friends and family life. It's difficult to plan things in advance. And of course,you need to be able to sleep during the day. Which is fine during the autumn and winter. But I find harder to do during the spring and summer. If for no other...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 2 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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    Worked the graveyard shift at Taco Cabana over

    a summer 2 years ago, and my sleep patterns are still weird. After a few occasions where I stayed up on off nights to settle into the routine, I found myself enjoying it because a normally-bothersome family member was never awake past 10. The lack of natural light did sometimes...
    Johnny7909 Johnny7909 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    My 16 hr duty is over.

    Glad it ended smoothly.. Finally i can now sleep. zzzZ
    waruchen waruchen 31-35 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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    I'm currently a night stocker at a craft store .

    Getting pissed at the sku/UPC codes on all this damn acrylic paint . Had to drop it in the aisle and walk away for a minute. Ugh!! The last 1-2 hrs of the shift I start to not give A.F where the stuff goes . Lol oh well . Another day , another dollar ...
    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F Feb 19

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    I still do work night shift.

    It has it's good and bad. I took a job as a pet care overnight specialist for PetSmart's pet hotel. It was the only night job I could find at the time to work opposite of my husband. So someone is always home for our kids. It's an exhausting job with everything required but who...
    YoureLostLittleGirl YoureLostLittleGirl 26-30, F Jan 27, 2014

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    And the afternoon shift,

    and a full time student... And attempt to have a social life, and be a good brother, and try to have home cooked meals, housekeeping, and try dating, and sleeping, exercising and have time to decompress or do something I like doing... Can't wait to get out of school
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    At the moment I feel like I'm slowly losing the

    will to live. On them at present and I feel so awful! The bus ride home this morning and my head lulled around as I felt like I was desperately trying to stop myself from drifting out of consciousness so I could make it to my stop. I make it there, and the person in front of me...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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    It Was Fun

    In college, my job was to be the radio dispatcher at the switchboard. I was responsible for calling the security guards when students would come back to the dorms in the middle of the night. The hours were 2 am to 6 am-- something like that. The pay was pretty good and it was my...
    kitteninabiscuit kitteninabiscuit 46-50 2 Responses Jan 27, 2012

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    I still do it's been 8 years now

    and still working 12 hour nights. It works out for now with kids and husband schedule but it does suck.
    holehearted79 holehearted79 36-40, F 3 Responses May 8

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    Blackberries Blackberries 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    I'm working right now at this moment

    and trying hard to keep busy so I won't fall asleep. I guess it really doesn't matter the amount of sleep you get before your shift; you will always get tired at night. :(
    XtraORD1nary XtraORD1nary 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    I love the night shift,

    8 hours of works but in 3/4 hours you usually don't have to do anything. I hate the night shift, it confuse me and I can never tell which day is. 06.46 am here, up since 11.00 am of yesterday. Time to sleep maybe?
    MrZenigata MrZenigata 26-30, M Feb 12

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    Not Easy!

    While it usually isn't as busy at that time it's still really hard. Your body is battling with you to fall sleep and your forcing it to stay awake from 9pm up until 7.30 the next morning. It's like your poor brain is crying "why are you doing this to me? why?" Your allowed an...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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    Gas Station.

    Used to work 11pm to 7am at a gas station. Not many customers during that shift so I was able to get in a lot of sleep.  Sometimes I would get really bored, now this was back before cell phones and gameboys and all that stuff, I would break out the yellow pages and call some...
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2012

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    A Vampire, Uh, I Mean Nightshifter For Years &Amp; Probably Many More.

    I love working night shifts, have for the majority of my career. Less people around so I can get my job done without as many interruptions, love my night coworkers, get shift differential, don't oversleep like I do in day time. Yes there are cons, but personally my list of pros...
    lilsiserrn lilsiserrn 36-40, F Jun 13, 2013

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    Today Was My First Graveyard Shift

    I don't think I am going to like it very much. The job is incredibly easy, I just bring food to poker players who are too lazy to get it themselves, and they tip me like crazy. But the hours are going to kill me because not only is it late, but the work is slow paced so...
    dev0cean dev0cean 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 11, 2010

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    I am so over stuff being left from the day time.

    Seriously the fact that laziness gets rewarded makes me sick
    ninipaz ninipaz 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    My job is seriously depressing!

    !!! Acute long term care-sad sad stories I see every night at work
    DarlinD DarlinD 41-45, F Aug 27, 2014

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    Just got off work. Bored

    and looking to chit chat . Anyone else up? Interesting convo , not Pervy stuff. SOO not in the mood for that
    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    It's Been a While But I Did It to

    I worked night shift seemed like forever. I prefered it for a while. When It was just "me" I liked being up at night and sleeping in the day. I started out woking in a Nursing Home I lied about my age . I think I was really 14 and back then you had to be at least 16...
    mommatrish mommatrish 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 8, 2008

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    I loove working at night.

    its quiet and i can get work done in peace without someone watching over my shoulder
    TheWickedJester TheWickedJester 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    so I'm a care giver at a nursing home

    and I just really want to vent that I get so annoyed when I come to work every day and it's the same thing over and over such as people leave me my residents soaking wet haven been changed for hours sometimes that haven't been fed like if you don't like your job that much get a...
    sleeplessbeauty sleeplessbeauty 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2014

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    After duty my co staffs decided to go to Costco

    and i tag along. I was so tired and sleepy. My body felt heavy but at least i was able to reach my bed (_ _).。o○
    waruchen waruchen 31-35 1 Response Oct 2, 2014

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    Actually All Three Shifts

    I have worked the night shift as well as the first and second shift a lot of times in the same week.  I didn't know if I was coming or going at times!  It was when I first started at the hospital where I work know.  I was the "low man on the totem pole."...
    Valentine Valentine 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 3, 2007

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    I do about two nights a month

    and the rest days. They mess my sleep cycle up so much :s. If my manager thinks i'll work a night, sleep all through one day off and still manage to sleep that night to be in work the next day, she is sorely mistaken :s
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2014

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    I always preferred the night shift.

    My favorite was the second shift Ie: 3-11 or 2-10. More action and a totally different set of the public to encounter. Graveyard shift IS a lot slower but more of the "good" stuff happens late at night. That's just me though. The nature of a persons job makes all the...
    ladyblue62 ladyblue62 51-55, F Jul 14, 2014

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    Every job I've had since I went to college at

    17 has been a night shift. Some til 5am, some til 2am, sometimes I'd have a lucky day and be out of there before midnight. All good though, I'm a night person anyway.
    MarxistLuciferKongJr MarxistLuciferKongJr 26-30, M Nov 17, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 6

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    I enjoy working night shifts I get to sleep in

    and they go by faster :) then it's my day off tomorrow :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 16

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    My favorite part of working labor is that

    as long as you're willing to work harder, you can be the most valuable worker in the history of the building
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M Jul 1

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    I have just finished doing night shift work at

    the hospital. While I hate having my sleep schedule messed up there is something special about the night. Working while everyone else sleeps and watching the world gradually wake up again in the morning.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 7

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    I Love Working Night Shift

    When I was in the Navy, sometimes they needed to rotate somebody to night shift and I always volunteered. Nobody else would. I love it. No traffic, its not as hot (I was a jet mechanic), more laid back, you can wake up late.... Its just better for me, especially because II'm no...
    kingafrica3 kingafrica3 26-30, M Dec 3, 2011

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    After a day shift, then followed by another day

    shift. Repeatedly. For a few months. For another two years if I decide to continue med school and enter residency.
    twelves twelves 22-25 Nov 24, 2014

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    So I get a phone call at 7am my boss telling me

    that I have to work 10 to 6am tonight. Ugh my normal shift is 5p-1a. My wife is upset about it but in the end I'm still making money so I can't compliance to much. I still able to take care of my family.
    clnj clnj 26-30, M Nov 23, 2014

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    Goodtimesbadtimes

    Things I liked about nightshift, the boss was home sleeping and my team could have more of a laugh together:) The extra pay made up for my tax deduction, which was nice... Putting on Creedence full whack and driving home through the misty dawn... Getting searched by the cops...
    IrishJeff IrishJeff 41-45, M Feb 14, 2012

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    I prefer a night shift doing inventory

    or planner over morning stocking any day of the week.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M Oct 2, 2014

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    My Night Shift Experience

    I just recently transfered from night shift to day shift after 8 long, hard months. The hardest work in my life thus far. The shelter sleeps 300 in the winter time, many in cafeteria chairs. 300 of the most vulnerable on the streets. They try to sleep. Many don't get rest but at...
    rainifel rainifel 26-30, F Jul 19, 2012

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    Early 20s. Had the most fun!

    Had a shy coworker (with a good sense of humor though). For his birthday I bought a blowup doll and sat her at his desk. LOL his first words were "what is my wife gonna say??" Turned out his wife thought it was hilarious and the doll got to sit in the living room for a while. No...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2014

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    With one goth and two perverts!

    Goth boy had his posy that tried to hang around not ok being the only girl in s room on 12 guys. Especially when 9-10 should not be there. I think this is one of the reasons I prefer people watch over interacting.
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F 1 Response May 8

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    just now in fact. somehow a couple of beers

    always make me so much more productive when something needs to be done. this faint relative of mine needed some it stuff doing for her care agency/home, and I've been here 3 days on it already. but somehow after pub tonight with her son I've been up 4 hrs and finished the lot...
    cloudsoflife cloudsoflife 26-30, M Nov 7, 2014

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    Okay not funny ! Wake me

    once fair enough wake me twice, are you mad ? Neighbours I've been on nights give me a blinking break !
    annetteclaire annetteclaire 41-45, F Mar 5, 2014

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    Zzz Shift

    Can you say HellShift? I work the closing shift at a grocery store in a very (you can say) unwelcoming neighborhood. Filled to the brim with thieves, homeless, and druggies. Finding past out men in the the toilet that have gone on themselves, is no more fun then...
    LightUpTheDarkness LightUpTheDarkness 18-21, F Feb 16, 2012

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