Night shift tips

Anonymous (@) 9 years, 10 months ago

I’m starting a new job in a month and have the option of working night shifts (20.00-08.00).

Any tips on making this work smoothly, assuming I will want to maintain a regular 8am wakeup the other 4 nights of the week when I’m not on call? Sleep patterns/times, naptime diet etc.

March 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm
vishnu (1,235) (@vizznou) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

whoa, this is gonna kill you. dont take it up if you can, go for a day shift

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

If you’re behind a desk, let’s say a store clerk, you’re gonna need books, mp3 player, newspapers, magazines or even a laptop somewhere nearby, although a laptop may distract you BIG TIME. TVs suck ass.
You’ll be changing your biological clock, so it’s not a hard thing to do. There are articles about grave shifts, which say that they mess up your metabolism, but I don’t really take that as a fact, because nights are more peaceful. The best way to keep the job smooth is to have a friend night owl who you’re gonna interact with. Most of the graveyard shifts are usually boring as fuck, so try not to take any substances to make yourself feel better and get fired because of feeling better.
Prepare to become a vampire without the suck part. IT’s not gonna wreck you if you’re not stressing yourself.
Also, besides the shit I said – http://lifehacker.com/5548150/how-to-reboot-your-sleep-cycle-and-get-the-rest-you-deserve

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Athens (13) (@giraffe) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Quit. This will fuck you up a lot!

After about 3 years of wacky sleeping patterns I lost 45lb and turned into a skinny, depressed, lazy and unhealthy loser. It took me over 15 months of a super healthy diet and lifestyle to recover and I still am, it’s going to take a lot to get back to my old self. And I’m only 20.

Besides breathing, drinking, eating and physical conditions messing with sleep is the worst thing you can do to yourself.

Research the importance of sleep.

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Garrett Wash (0) (@gewash74) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m in the Military, and I’ve stood numerous Mid Watches. 1700-0500 and the best thing to do, is try and stay up until a normal sleeping hour like 2000 or so the day following your shift. Sort of like Jet Lag when you go over seas. Mids aren’t that bad if you can function on zero sleep. The Navy demands it.

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