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I Work the Night Shift

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    Night Shift Nation Unite

    Thanks for starting this.  I have an idea to try to get this group some large numbers. First, start with hospital / ambulance workers. That is a  guaranteed 1,000 members there. You contact any restaurant USA that delivers until 10 pm (probably Pizza Hut). Fax a flyer...
    nightshiftsoldier nightshiftsoldier 36-40, M Feb 10, 2010

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    Worked Nights For 8 Years

    I have worked nights for the last 8 years and to be honest I love it. I work at Heathrow Airport and do customer relations. I help lost people, help people with bags, give them travel advice etc. I start when most people finish and finish when most people start. I love the...
    Iain321 Iain321 31-35, M Mar 15, 2013

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    emmajames41 emmajames41 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 30

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    Night shift is so annoying.

    .. Just woke from a bazaar dream, now I am having trouble getting back to sleep, so I can be ready for my shift tonight... At least it's only 8 hours tonight. Shift work is awesome and so crap all at once. No body likes doing paper work at the best of times. Let alone in the...
    nada16 nada16 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2013

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    Beginning to Hate My Boss...

    My boss is a weasel. He has the option to have me work days or nights, but chooses to put me I nights (a shift i have made clear makes me sick) because he likes to party
    JWKenpo JWKenpo 36-40, M 9 Responses Jan 4, 2009

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    Sometimes!!

    when it comes to my work, i am always ultra flexible with my shifts, cos i dont really do much on my days off anyway, but most of my shifts are either usually the late shift, or night shift, sometimes both in the same week lol!! i actually quite like the night shift, cos there...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M Jul 17, 2012

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    Night Shift-adverse Effects

    I am a nurse and began working night shift about 1.5 years ago, thinking I was a night owl (which I am) so naturally thought I would like it better. Don't get me wrong-I love that the phone doesn't ring as much, I can spend more time taking care of my patients the way I've...
    hollyjolly0984 hollyjolly0984 26-30 1 Response Aug 24, 2012

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    I work the night shift on weekends,

    and I hate it. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have a job but its still difficult trying to stay awake all night and then try to sleep during the day. Plus its not healthy. Its a proven fact night shift workers have a higher risk of developing diabetes, due to lack of sleep...
    Antony7 Antony7 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 20

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    I work night shift. 12 hour nights.

    7pm to 7am. Its nice to work at my own pace and to be on when its quieter but i hate that ive been forced into this schedule by illness. I have to struggle through the shift knowing i wouldnt cope on days. I feel like a burden and that im useless.
    Wi5huponastar Wi5huponastar 26-30, F Apr 1

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    Seven (7) Twelve (12) Hours Shift - Then Seven (7) Days Off !!!!!!!!!!!!

    I work a 7 12hrs shift of 84 hrs per week and then have 7 days off. In total I work two weeks or 14 days for the month. Call me crazy if you like, but I enjoy my two weeks off every month by doing these compressed hours in nursing in the UK. The money is crap, but the time off is...
    bowenedyth bowenedyth 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2009

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    The Night Shift - Some Good, Some Bad

    I work the night shift (22.30-08.00) in a public hospital every second weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun). On the positive side, it pays better (penalty rates) and means you don't have to spend as much of your time working to earn a decent income. I also love the quietness and calm...
    pennylarana pennylarana 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2008

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    Night Shift Rocks

    I love the night shift. The fewer people I have to deal with, the better. There are only four of us on duty at nights (hospital) and sometimes that's three too many ;P
    NightShifter NightShifter 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2009

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    Narcoleptic Insomniac

    i work the night shift. three 12-hour shifts per week. 7p-7a. I've been doing it for almost 10 years now and i think its killing me. i started doing it when i had a baby and i wanted to keep him out of daycare. and I'm still doing it 10 years later. its a bit of a love/hate...
    luvsboys luvsboys 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 4, 2008

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    Just Started

    I changed over to the 11pm-6am shift at the 24-hoiur convenience store where I work because it paid an extra dollar an hour. And boy am I earning it! drunks who **** on my car, loud bums by the trash cans, hauling in late-night deliveries without help ... Not to mention what it's...
    juicylucybelle juicylucybelle 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 26, 2008

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    Help For My Final Year Major Project At University

    Hello everybody, I am a final year design student studying in Salford, Manchester and need your help! For my final major project I am currently working on the effects of night shift work on people's sleeping patterns and how they deal with it. The questionnaire is made up of 1...
    ProductManchester ProductManchester 18-21, M Dec 9, 2012

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    It's hard working night shift,

    I work 11pm 7am I get sleepy around 2 or 3, but I'm greatful to have a job
    Katoct67 Katoct67 46-50 1 Response Feb 15

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    Night Owl

    I'm a RN and have worked the 7p-7a shift for the past 11 years.  I do four in a row,  I'm a night owl and always have been.  I tried working days but would stay up half the night and be tired when it came time to go to work.  I really like working nights...
    denise300 denise300 51-55 Aug 25, 2009

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    How do people adjust to night shift?

    I love night shift because it's so quite
    hzel1323 hzel1323 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Related Experiences

    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...
    ladyblue62 ladyblue62 51-55, F Jul 14

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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 2 Responses Jul 15

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    Ok so this is month six of my working night shift I sleepy... But love the shift!
    MsNikki82 MsNikki82 26-30, F Jul 15

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    I just get home after a long day and a night shift, now when I lay down on my bed after that long journey, I think of how it seemed possible to end the work by today as we started...
    crosszeria crosszeria 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Night life is the only life for me ;) I've been working nights for the last four years now and I love love love it I love the different people you meet the mood that the night...
    Forbiddenkisses Forbiddenkisses 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I work nights, have been for over 15 years. Even when on vacation I'd rather be out at night.
    blackenedmind blackenedmind 41-45 2 Responses Jul 17

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    I only like to sleep when I'm not supposed to. I love to sleep during the day. So I chose to work nights. Unfortunately I'm awake at 2am while my family sleeps on my day off...
    lillyclaire lillyclaire 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    Do you guys remember that one day I cover a morning shift, because a guy was having a party at the pool for his two daughters birthday, well he took his daughters to the pool...
    jennylovestosmile jennylovestosmile 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 30

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    I have been working for 10 years now. I know its not massive in terms of other people, however I just dont want to work anymore. I have volunteered my skills in other areas, but I...
    laughman laughman 31-35, M 54 mins ago

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    My day is over. I'm not much on the day time during summer months. The heat and humidity are suffocating and miserable. Oh, but night time around here in the summer is absolutely...
    TheShadowedGirl TheShadowedGirl 31-35 1 Response Jul 5

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    I teared up a little, we all know why. I've never realized this is what keep me up at night.
    dragonheartss dragonheartss 22-25, F 3 hrs ago

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    So this is going to be a long one, just warning you. No, I mean it...a really long one! So I started a new job recently and I was very excited about this new prospect because I...
    Plumbalina Plumbalina 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Everyone should experience working out in HARD-MORE, its what we are ment to do genetically, historically and BIOLOGICALLY. We were hunter gatherers, in the wild, chasing down our...
    slipdasystem slipdasystem 18-21, M Jul 17

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    Always have been. Have had day jobs and yet stay up til only a couple hours to the next shift. If I try to get on a more normal schedule, it'll last for a couple days then right...
    Handyman25 Handyman25 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    That's all I really want out of life . I'm so disappointed in myself for not shifting yet ill give or do anything to shift . Anything to save my kind from the humans
    ShadowWolf190 ShadowWolf190 13-15, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    When I work on the weekends I am generally nude in my cube and naked under my smock in the production area. Everyone on the shift knows this by now and many of them are also naked...
    sunseeker2 sunseeker2 66-70, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I just want to know more about shape shifters. And please, no mean comments.
    Silverwings125 Silverwings125 13-15, F Jul 5

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    I've been doing drives to and from Bedford this week, transporting cattle. The journey is around 115 miles up and down, so it's an all day journey each time. This Saturday, Sunday...
    HayWalker HayWalker 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    On my way home after another 12hr shift! Anyone want to chat and help me wind down
    wilburforce wilburforce 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 17

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    Since I sleep nude, I woke up, showered, went down and took the trash out to the street curb, ate breakfast, then threw some clothes into my gym bag and left for the office, still...
    nytro44 nytro44 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 26

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    Right now i am sat on my bed, feeling empty and worthless. About a month ago i got a job as a waitress at our local pub in our village in England, cornwall. I was so excited to...
    RosieHarrietCronin RosieHarrietCronin 18-21, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    It wont be wrong if i say that im a night owl.Because when i was in school i use to sleep around 11 pm and get up at 7 in the morning.But as i came into college my lifestyle...
    Roadguy Roadguy 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So, I'm 13 and have been wetting the bed for as long as I can remember. I had this point when I didn't wet as much (maybe have accidents a few nights apart instead of every night...
    theanonymousloser theanonymousloser 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 6

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    May I offer a solution??? I am a night owl because I don't care too much for sleep, unless I really need it. But! I have been here, severe anxiety and distress keeping me awake...
    HeartLion85 HeartLion85 26-30 3 Responses Jul 10

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    Another sleepless night for me . It started when my husband passed away . I sleep sometimes obviously but more often than not I cannot sleep at night and sleep for a couple of...
    TexasTam61 TexasTam61 51-55, F 6 days ago

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    I am since i'm able to remember. When a was very small, my Mom never was strict and there was no speciak time, i had to go to bed. Later from 12 or 13 on, when i started to be a...
    crazysinglemum crazysinglemum 26-30, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    I can see the workplace from my bedroom window so the nights I don't work I go over to randomly help out and my colleagues come my house most nights for a post-work drink. I can't...
    TessieRue TessieRue 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Woke up now presently at 4 am I can't stand it anymore I wake up terrified every single night I'm not traumatized, I don't have PTSD Why am I so scared? I can't ever remember my...
    rjschuler rjschuler 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    The Difficulty of Personal Legends: LDRs - The computer crashed and I'm left feeling absolutely terrible about it. Not my fault exactly, however just knowing that it makes it...
    LysanderFremont LysanderFremont 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 26

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    I'm a zombie all day, but after six or seven in the evening I get this giant energy boost. Some nights I stay up until sunrise. Other nights I force myself to sleep at a...
    RomanceJunkie RomanceJunkie 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    Unfortunately it isn't by choice, I'm a full fledged insomniac. There's a certain feeling to the night that I enjoy, so I don't even bother with trying to fix my scheduled. It's...
    Ryu15987 Ryu15987 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 5

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