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I Work the Night Shift

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 95 People

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    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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    7pm-7:30am ... Yuck.

    Shift premium is a good thing
    RocknRobb1985 RocknRobb1985 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 20, 2014

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    fiestychica fiestychica 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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    12 hour nights are to tiring

    but only 4 a week and no weekends, can't wait for my long weekends off, going up to the lakes and just chilling 😴
    lloyds123 lloyds123 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 14, 2014

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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 2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    How do people adjust to night shift?

    I love night shift because it's so quite
    hzel1323 hzel1323 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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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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    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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    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, F 1 Response Feb 15, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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    ugh....graveyard shifts at the hospital really

    are starting to kill me. And I loathe 4 am because that is when I want to fall asleep.
    lovebites86 lovebites86 26-30, F Jan 1

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    Any tips to accommodate everyday things I work

    nights 4 nights : 10pm- 6am , then I come home and sleep ... Only until 12 or 1 pm . Then I eat . Run . And do some homework . And eat again and I get tired . I want to sleep more but my body can't . For example when I come home 6 10 ish I get ready for bed and sleep I want to...
    fiestychica fiestychica 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 12, 2014

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    I work 10-8 and find

    for my own sanity I have to stick with my sleep schedule even on my off days. It is a lonely shift!
    leach2001 leach2001 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    I swear everytime I work a night I think about

    everything and every last detail about things
    annoyedgirl annoyedgirl 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2014

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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 2 Responses Apr 20, 2014

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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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    yoursorrow yoursorrow 18-21, M Dec 30, 2014

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    emmajames41 emmajames41 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 30, 2014

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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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    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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    And now that it's my day off.

    .. ...I re-arranged my furniture....at 3 am. Damn body clock.
    nicoleACA nicoleACA 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 12, 2014

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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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    cplseekingcpl cplseekingcpl 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 15, 2014

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    I think I prefer the evening shift in the winter. I get to wake up late and I feel I have so much time in the mornings to do my errands, cleaning and cooking and relax. When I...
    NayaAngelou NayaAngelou 26-30, F Jan 18

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    I recently started at Walmart as an overnight. I must say that the only thing I don't like about it is that you get two consecutive days off. Other than that third shift really isn...
    ShatteredButNotLost ShatteredButNotLost 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I work night shift at walmart 10 pm to 7 am I love staying up all night but not there lol
    fenrirandimpachi fenrirandimpachi 22-25, M Dec 30, 2014

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    I'm on the 7 am shift at work. Work nights I manage to be asleep by 11, nights off I might as well be nocturnal. Somehow, I don't think the flip flop is healthy.
    misskittydanger misskittydanger 18-21, F Dec 30, 2014

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    I work midnight shift. I sit next to women. Last night, and even now I been farting all night long one after the other, and they have been smelling bad. I am not embarrassed of my...
    Niko864 Niko864 41-45, M Jan 16

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    I've always preferred the night. I've worked years at a time doing night shift. I only stopped because I realise it's unhealthy to avoid the sun to that extent. Ah to be young...
    EndowedPanda EndowedPanda 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    Skylar123 Skylar123 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    I'm 30. I've been clean from heroin for 4 years. I totally messed up my life getting high. I got arrested repeatedly for theft, became homeless, and generally lost everything. My...
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    The shift patton I'm on so meny days then so meny nights weekends, it's a set of 7 all 12 hours so that's 84 hours. Just love it when it's -4c as it was today great way to spend 9...
    1barebrit 1barebrit 41-45, M Dec 30, 2014

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