(Closed) night shift or graveyard shift bees

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t work nights anymore but did work 12 hour shifts for years. I was one of the lucky ones who had to set the alarm to wake up in time to go to work the next night.

Not much keeps me form my sleep.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I work 12 hour midnights. Almost at my 3 year mark doing it. I just do not sleep enough on some days that I work. Luckilllly I only work 14 days a month compared to those silly 9-5’ers. I love having 2-7 days off all the time tho. It’s like a mini vacation every few weeks!

 

My dog has a habit of climbing into my window sill and barking while i sleep >.<

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have been working nights for 2 years now. I was doing it part-time because I was in nursing school, but I will soon be doing it full-time again (8 hour shifts).

When I was doing it full-time, I would go to bed shortly after getting home. Usually I would fall asleep by 8 am. Some days I would get lucky and be able to sleep a full 7-8 hours, other days were harder (especially when it’s really bright out during the day) and I would only get 4 hours of sleep.

Usually I’ll try to lay down again before my shift, to take an hour or so nap. This really helps, especially if I didn’t get much sleep that morning.

If I get off work in the morning and I’m off that night, I’ll only sleep for a couple hours, that way I can go to bed on my night off like a normal person.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I work 3 12s a week; 7p-7a.  I get approximately 6 hours of sleep beforehand if I worked the night before.  I take an hour or two nap before work if I had off prior.  I can’t stand it at times though because of my downstairs neighbor.  He can be so loud and ridiculous during the day.  I’m actually hoping to switch to days soon, but there aren’t any positions.  Siiiigh!  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bummbledbee:  Those are the worst days, when you can’t get anymore than 3 hours 🙁 I used to panic when I would wake up and look over at my alarm, and I realize I woke up after only 2 1/2 hours of sleep! Sometimes I’ll wake up to pee and I close my eyes the entire way to the bathroom, because I know if I see any light outside, then I’ll be wide awake.

Good ol’ night shift.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I work 5 “8 hour” shifts a week.  I put the 8 in quotation marks because my shift rarely ends up being 8 hours- they usually run 9.5.  I go to work at midnight, fall back asleep around 10 am and have to pick up my daughter at school at 3.  So yeah, I don’t get much sleep.  Fortunately I stagger my nights off, so on those nights I sleep like a rock.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m actually out of work with a herniated L5…after almost 6 months off of work I’m hoping to return by June 15th…I will go to nights since it will be so much easier on my back…I’m hoping to work 9p-7a (in pedi homecare) and pick up a case management job per diem on Mondays…I’m hoping to go home, sleep 8a-2:30p and then get up to take the dog out, go to the gym, shower, have dinner and head to work. I’m also only going to work 3 nights….

My previous schedule was 5-8hr shifts and I worked every damn Sunday. I hated it. I felt like I never had time off…and then my back went……

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I work 3 12’s 7p-7a.  Try to do 3 in a row. If I worked then go back the next night I try and sleep as long as I can 9-4:30 or 5. If that is my last night I try and wake up after sleeping 5-6 hours so I can get back to a normal person schedule for my days off.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I worked 12 hr nights for a year until about a month ago. We were on the plant schedule, work Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat one week and Wed, Thurs, Sun the next. The night before I was going to work (so Sunday night before a Monday shift, eg.) I would stay up as late as I could (usually 2-3 am) then sleep until 6 am when I would shower and eat something then go back to sleep until my alarm at 5 pm. On the days I worked, I would go to sleep as soon as I got home (8 am) and sleep til 5. A lot of times I would have to take a bendryl to be able to sleep the day before I went to work. Oh and I always had to wear earplugs! It was a crazy schedule and my body was just NOT compatible with nights- I’m such a morning person!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I just started working a 7 on 7 off position a couple months ago. I work 10 hour shifts for 7 days straight, then have 7 off. I have been sleeping from about 8a-6p most days   I work. Getting enough sleep is really important to me during the work week! I have been having problems sleeping during my week off. I haven’t come up with a schedule that works for me yet!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

I’ve worked nights and even two full time shifts and it is not the best health wise. Check out this article on ways to reduce risk of shift disorder

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I’ve worked nights and even two full time shifts and it is not the best health wise. Check out this article on ways to reduce risk of shift disorder

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