I Have Worked the Night Shift

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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

    Most of my working life.

    Hated doing ANY other shift. Always swapped shifts when needed but sometimes got stuck and gawd didn't I hate it
    goodman72 goodman72
    41-45, M
    1 Response Oct 23, 2015

    I rather work a night shift stocking

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

    Working it again for a month

    after having a 9 month break at my new job working full time days. I forgot how it was to have the weirdos come into the store and being on edge until they leave. What an uncomfortable feeling.
    Sapphire89 Sapphire89
    26-30
    Nov 8, 2015

    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

    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.
    WhisperingEchoes WhisperingEchoes
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 8, 2015

    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

    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
    5 Responses Jun 24, 2014

    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, 2015

    So.. when I am working 12 hr night shifts I get

    asked ..hey how was your day.. what did you do? I always feel like a lazy bum when my response is..um.. I worked ALL night.. I slept and watched Netflix.
    Rayale Rayale
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Mar 20

    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
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

    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

    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

    I officially closed at the restaurant

    and I swear to God it was the worst experience of my life. 2AM is not a good time to roll silverware.
    littlealysha littlealysha
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2015

    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
    51-55, M
    Oct 2, 2014

    i worked many nights toiling away mopping the

    stony lobby with a mop twice my size feeling the burn of the work out. classic rock or 90s alternative on the radio while my future (unbeknownst to me) boyfriend sped through his closing chores itching to go home and relax infront of his tv with his cat. at that time i struggled...
    kpl2014 kpl2014
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 9, 2015

    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

    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, 2015

    Goodbye from Being a vampire.

    . Hello for being a human being once again.. I kissed Night shift goodbye!
    DorisTag DorisTag
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 13, 2015

    Finished at half 6 and it was still SNOWING !

    !!!! SO. I went home. Put on lots of layers. Rose to the challenge. Rode out on my bike for the first time since I had it fixed. Exhilarated, I was headed for town to find mum a birthday present. Got in, shower than expected but suitably covered in snow and mud. Walking around it...
    cloudsoflife cloudsoflife
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 7

    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, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2015

    24hrs on call. Start mid October.

    I feel zzZZ already. And it's nowhere but hospital what a comfortable place.
    QuInieSmuah QuInieSmuah
    22-25, F
    Sep 15, 2015

    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
    Feb 18, 2014
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jun 6, 2015

    I'm in a night shift.

    And I'm loving it since I'm a night owl.
    ImAlivingParadox ImAlivingParadox
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 11

    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, 2015

    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
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2015

    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

    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

    i work 8:30pm-5am and ive worked

    that shift for two years now...it can mess with you
    Chaoticlyfe Chaoticlyfe
    36-40, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2015

    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
    1 Response Jan 27, 2012

    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, 2015

    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, 2015

    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
    gehanalyanna gehanalyanna
    26-30, F
    Oct 10, 2014

    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
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Mar 8, 2008

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

    Seriously the fact that laziness gets rewarded makes me sick
    ninipaz ninipaz
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jun 3, 2015

    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

    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
    blackberries blackberries
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 15, 2015

    I loove working at night.

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

    working night shift at a hotel can be creepy

    and annoying. the constant calls housekeeping would get at night were more then in the morning.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Sep 14, 2015

    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

    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
    ThunderWaffles ThunderWaffles
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 8, 2014

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