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I Have Worked the Night Shift

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    gehanalyanna gehanalyanna 22-25, F Oct 10, 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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    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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    my name is Lewis from Kenya,

    i have done bridging for purchasing and supplies and from there i had no one to sponsor me to go one.i am an orphan since 1997 when my only mother passed away.i hereby request any well wisher/sponsor to help me complete my studies since have been brought up by well wishers...
    lewistemea400 lewistemea400 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 4, 2014

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    The silver sword of morning piercing through my

    window frame. It's light now skipping round my room , its driving me insane. With eyes closed tight, this lights now dancing on my blackboard slate. Whiteness wildly wandering through my huddled blinkered state. I hear muffled sounds of kids at play , but it seems so loud and...
    lloyds123 lloyds123 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 19, 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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    I am still working the night shift.

    ..going on 7 years now.
    epariseau epariseau 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 13, 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 22-25, M Nov 17, 2014

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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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    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've worked nights since 1994.

    My past few jobs were the night shift. I love it for several reasons, the money is better, fewer bosses, more interesting coworkers plus I have the day to do what I want, like go to the doctor and not being rushed in crowded stores.
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Several times in my life I worked the graveyard

    shift. Once in a factory (we made clay. Yes you read that right, we made CLAY!) and a few others in convenience stores. Now, I'm an early riser...REAL early (4 AM now by choice). But I noticed that there is a specific "type" of critter who would come into the stores during the...
    Beaver318 Beaver318 41-45, M 1 Response May 27, 2014

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

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    As of recent I have worked the dreaded

    graveyard shift catching chickens. It was the worst job I've ever had considering what I've done with tobacco, iron work, and electrical.. So far chicken catching has been on the bottom of the list of jobs I would return to. The job is dirty, requires high demand of...
    iMarto iMarto 18-21, M 1 Response May 27, 2014

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    Sometimes. Most times I drink

    after my night shift
    suemagoo86 suemagoo86 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 25, 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 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2014

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    I rather work a night shift stocking

    than a morning shift stocking.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Nov 23, 2014

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    At a Gas Station

    I worked the night shift at a gas station while I was in college. Sometimes it was scary, but mostly I loved it. I worked alone and it was quite except for the random drunk. Still, another night shift employee was robbed, I was glad I was not scheduled that night. But if you gave...
    Ozzygrl Ozzygrl 26-30, F May 9, 2008

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    I work nights cleaning at a retirement home.

    The pay is good and steady hours but what I've seen and witnessed as I make my rounds, I will never put my parents in a home. Just.....NO! Sleep is top priority when I get home.
    Loralpen Loralpen 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 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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    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 70+, F 6 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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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 70+, F 5 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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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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    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 70+, F 4 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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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    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 prefer a night shift doing inventory

    or planner over morning stocking any day of the week.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Oct 2, 2014

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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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    Safeway Night Stock

    I enjoyed working the nightshift.  Quiet and dark, not a lot of people are out...very peaceful.    
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 6, 2009

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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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    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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    And it's still going.

    Bored out of my mind, hurry up truck I want to go home! Sorry nobody is out there on EP.
    Dwillow Dwillow 36-40, M Feb 14, 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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    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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    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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