posted on Jan, 22 2009 @ 01:18 PM
I've been working 2nd shift now for about 13 years, and I love it and feel so much better than when I worked 1st shift.
I go to bed when I get sleepy and get up when I wake up. Getting up naturally without an alarm is wonderful! When I worked 1st shift I was always
draggy and tired because I never felt like I got enough sleep. I was forcing myself to go to bed at night when I wasn't sleepy and then forcing
myself to get up in the morning when I wanted to sleep more.
Also, my energy level, creativity, and mental sharpness peaks in late afternoon...around 3 - 4 p.m. When I worked 1st shift, I was almost finished
with my day's work when my mind and body was just kicking into gear. In contrast, while working 2nd shift, I'm starting work when my mind and body
are at its best.
When I was working during the daytime, it seemed like I had little time to be outdoors in the sun since daytime hours were spent at work. In the
winter, it would get dark while I was still at work. I would drive to and from work in darkness.
In the summer, by the time I got through rush hour traffic and got home to prepare dinner, there were just a few hours of daytime left for me to
Now, I typically get up around noon and can enjoy sunshine until around 3:30 - 4:30 p.m....depending on what time I'm scheduled in the evening. It's
nice to have those afternoon hours to enjoy by sitting on my balcony in the sun reading or spending time outdoors if I please.
My husband's a night person like me, and he also has always felt sluggish and slow during the daytime. He also feels the best working 2nd shift.
Given the choice, I will always choose working nights...despite the possible health problems and with or without extra pay. (Currently, I don't get
paid a shift differential.) I just feel so much better working 2nd shift. Maybe my body's biorhythms are a little different from other people's?