a reply to: TinySickTears
Both my husband an I have worked Graveyard Shift.
At first, I thought I'd do alright on it....Truck Stop register, no biggie, slow runs at night, not a lot of heavy duty details. After all, I've
always pretty much been a Night Owl, right? Boy, was I ever wrong. My circadian rhythms got so messed up after the first week I had to quit. I
simply couldn't sleep during the day, no matter how quiet or dark the room was. Head hit the pillow, next thing I know it's time for shift, with
absolutely no rest whatsoever. I cracked after a week of straight shifts from sleep deprivation.
My husband managed five years Graveyard at the local Wal-Mart. But man, waking him up for shift was a nightmare. He would sit in complete silence
for an hour over his coffee, radiating hatred and contempt for the world. The shift itself wasn't too bad, stocking items, helping late night
customers, came home in a great mood, but eventually it became too much for him. He started reporting violent dreams and had increased difficulty in
even minor changes to routine.
Now granted, we're both a little bit odd when it comes to our work habits. Routine is very important to both of us, but with the changes of trying to
sleep well during the day (when everyone else is out and about making a daytime ruckus) and not getting any proper sunlight and an overdose of those
florescent overhead lights - it can really mess with some folks.
Some people were Born to Night Shift, others have a more difficult time in transition and upkeep.
Wishing you the best of luck, but if you start having any severe or adverse reactions, I'd highly recommend looking for a more agreeable shift.
They don't call 3rd shift Graveyard for nothing.
edit on 2/4/17 by GENERAL EYES because: clarity, minor grammar edits