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I Have Worked the Night Shift

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    6pm to 6am.

    It was a temp job at a printing facility, during time off between semesters. This was everyday for 2 weeks. Emptying/reloading printers, fixing paper jams, stuffing / inserting envelopes, loading trays/skids... I've worked the day shift there as a temp too, but I think I...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F Nov 22, 2007

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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

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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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    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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    Worst Shift Ever

    I have worked 3rd shift or graveyard shift in the past.It does not agree with me at all. I am very much diurnal and I enjoy that fact!Day time is for work and doing and accomplishing night time is for sleeping.
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F Sep 24, 2013

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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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    Sometimes. Most times I drink

    after my night shift
    suemagoo86 suemagoo86 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Gas Station

    I work at a 7-11 from 11pm until 7am. I kinda like it sometimes but its gets lonely. After a while your mind starts playing tricks on you and you see things out of the corner of your eye. At least I hope its my mind...
    TimlessMind TimlessMind 18-21 Apr 22, 2013

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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

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    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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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

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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

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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

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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 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 24

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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 Presently Work the Night Shi...

    I presently work the night shift at my main job.  Its something that isn't too difficult for me, I;ve always been a bit of a night owl and for some reason don't require much sleep nor a very regular sleep pattern.  In some ways its nice, its definitely different and...
    FranzJosef FranzJosef 26-30, M Oct 19, 2007

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    I Work The Night Shift

    I have worked the night shift now for over 13 years. It was ok when the kids were younger. Kids now 20 & 18. But now I've had enough of it the only trouble is. If I stopped my wage would drop to much.
    rassgass rassgass 41-45, M Jul 23, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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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    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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    Sleep Schedule

    I worked a night job on my college campus for almost two years and it completely screwed up my sleep schedule. I'd always been a borderline insomniac, but working a night job and taking a full load of classes during the day made it to where I was only getting three or four...
    the4thfury the4thfury 21-25, F Aug 14, 2007

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    I Still Work the Night Shift

    I work the 12 to 8 shift working with mentally disable people. They are high fuctioning and I get to watch movies, do homework or be online all night. Its ok but I have a have a lot of respondsiblites that sometimes can be over baring. I have an audit inspection any day now and I...
    TheStray TheStray 22-25, F Apr 15, 2008

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    Night Shift

    I did it for a couple of years when my son was a toddler. I had went back to work after he turned two and fluctuated between swing and graveyard shift until I graduated from college. It really worked to my advantage and was super easy.
    jenimichel jenimichel 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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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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    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 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 11

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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

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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 Like Working Night Shift

    I'm a night person, if my next job can be a night shift i'd be greatful. I've only done it breifly so far, but as far as I'm concerned night is my active time, not day. If I try to work durrng the day I'm going to be tired a lot. So here's hoping I get a night shift with the...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2007

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    I have before but wasn't

    for me. I actually fell asleep once in the middle of stocking! I was walking to put some items away.. mid-walk I closed my eyes and when I opened them again, some things were out of my buggy and into a shelf, I said "nah this ain't for me!" Lol That didn't stop me from doing...
    DRel DRel 22-25, M Jan 4

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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

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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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    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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    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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    Been A Nightowl For A Year

    I worked as a CSR for a company based in US. Well, technically we are working for 'the clients,' me and my company. Since those clients are from the States, we also had to put our body clocks in topsy turvy. First month was tough for me but it's tolerable. My expectations...
    cheesebun cheesebun 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 14, 2013

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    So Tired

    I'm so tired of working days and evenings. I hope I can get fewer morning shifts, those are killer. I'm not suited for being up at 5am after getting off work at 9 the night before. I miss being up at night and sleeping durring the day, it's much healthier for me
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F Jun 30, 2008

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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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    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 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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    Boring

    anyone else think night shifts are boring
    teemonkeysocks teemonkeysocks 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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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

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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

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    Night Shift

    I loved the night shift, Its usually easy work, and you can pretty much work at your pace because nobody is there but maybe on supervisor, or if  your like me the supervisor u really are relaxed. The only thing i didnt like about the grave yard shift is if u dont bring a...
    siggy10 siggy10 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 7, 2008

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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

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    Zombie Land

    I work the night shift every couple of weeks. I love my job but hate being so isolated during the day. Get home, sleep, eat and go back to work. Work is fun and my colleagues are great but it takes so long to recover.
    PaulLiverpool PaulLiverpool 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 4, 2013

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    My 16 hr duty is over.

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

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    God, this week have been hell. 2 co-worker pulled out an I got stuck with their shifts. Just not fair. I've barely had 8 hours of sleep in total in the past 3 days. Fml
    PleaseDontHurtMeAgain PleaseDontHurtMeAgain 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I enjoy working nights due the nature of my job, but when I am bored there is no one awake to chat with. Silly day walkers :)
    nwmedic75 nwmedic75 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I've worked in insurance, restaurant, real estate and finally a food truck. All customer service jobs and they all sucked due to the amount of jackasses in the city.
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    I've been working full time as a checkout operator for about a year now. It's slowly turning me into a terrible person... It's not the angry customers that bother me, because it...
    Claireli Claireli 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 20

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    Yes sir. I understand sir. I quite agree sir. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me sir. I hear what you are saying with regard to your warranty. I get it totally. You were just...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 4 Responses Sep 20

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    I rarely have nightmares, but when I do they hit me hard. The last time I had a nightmare was last month, so horrible it's deep inside my brain. I dreamt I was in a graveyard and...
    TetraZL TetraZL 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    When I close my eyes at night, it's always the same image popping into my head. My dad reaching across my bed to hit me, punch me, slap me. He sometimes kicks my head also, with...