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Posted 11/2/14
I worked on over nights for about three months at Sam's Club. The best part of working overnights is not having members all up in my business, listening to music while we worked was also great. If anything above that I didn't have managers or team leaders bothering me all night either. I clocked in, looked at the freezers, stocked stuff out, took care of damages, stocked category 48, and swept at the end of the night (morning), clock out. Like any job depending on the location you will either have a shitty management team or a great one.
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I used to be overnight for Walmart as well, but the management at the one i used to work at was terrible and they never tried to hire people so we only had ~5 overnight employees on any given night.

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I work 5am-1:30pm. It's the best. I would quit my job if they switched my schedule.

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kinga750 wrote:

I work 5am-1:30pm. It's the best. I would quit my job if they switched my schedule.



That's a morning shift?
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Posted 11/2/14
If it was always graveyard shift, I'd love it. Unfortunately pretty much every job above minimum wage does changing shift work - 4-7 days and then change, which means your rhythm is never right.
Office hours it is then, even though I lose an extra 2 hours a day in rush hour traffic.
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now i call myself a night owl but i know i could never make a graveyard shift. i hate mornings but i would much rather get up early and work during sunlight hours. seems weird to work when my body's telling me dark = sleep lol
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Magical-Soul wrote:


kinga750 wrote:

I work 5am-1:30pm. It's the best. I would quit my job if they switched my schedule.



That's a morning shift?


I've usually heard that shift referred to as "Baker's Hours". Presumably because bakers have to get up early and start baking fresh goods for when others begin waking and going to work themselves.

When I've worked third I've found discipline is essential. Staying up "late" on one day would upset my circadian rhythm for at least a week... Probably because the third-shift sleep schedule is an unnatural one and thus more easily knocked out of whack.
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kinga750 wrote:

I work 5am-1:30pm. It's the best. I would quit my job if they switched my schedule.



I've done that. It meant there was time after to do lots of things. It also meant early bedtimes and it did mess with how I regulated my mealtimes. A co-worker had an severely ill best friend in hospital that she visited every day after work for 9 months. The nurses assumed that she didn't work because she was there all the time.

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Posted 11/2/14
I am a bartender and i work from 6pm to 2:30am!! its not the greatest hours to be working :(

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iriomote wrote:

I've usually heard that shift referred to as "Baker's Hours". Presumably because bakers have to get up early and start baking fresh goods for when others begin waking and going to work themselves.

When I've worked third I've found discipline is essential. Staying up "late" on one day would upset my circadian rhythm for at least a week... Probably because the third-shift sleep schedule is an unnatural one and thus more easily knocked out of whack.


Makes sense because I am a baker :)


tkayt wrote:
I've done that. It meant there was time after to do lots of things. It also meant early bedtimes and it did mess with how I regulated my mealtimes. A co-worker had an severely ill best friend in hospital that she visited every day after work for 9 months. The nurses assumed that she didn't work because she was there all the time.


I like it because I get off early, and it forces me to go to bed when the sun goes down.

My brother used to have a really lucrative 3rd shift job, but he quit after about a year because it messed with his physiology.
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Hi, i work at Mount Sinai Hospital and i work the night shit, yeah i agree with everything you said about how different you feel waking up at a different time of the day, Sometimes my body feels weak! Ive been trying to switch to the day shift but they still havent moved me, even tho im in school, ive been asking my manager and his manager to switch me since the begining of aug. FUCKING TERRIBLE!. If you are in school, hope your doing well..
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That job was in a bakery everyone there had early starts.
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One of the more difficult things for me to understand is how "normal" people just don't understand night shift workers. I get home around 3 am. My parents like to call me around 11 am. I'm usually asleep at this time and complain when they call. Their response - "Don't you go to sleep when you get home?"

...well, when you worked 9-5pm, did you go to bed at 6pm? You came home, ate, read or watched TV and then turned in around 9 or 10pm. Same with me; I get home, watch TV and maybe fall asleep around 4-5 am.
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Posted 11/4/14
I usually work from 2pm-10pm. Sort of half-way to a graveyard shift. It works perfectly for me since I usually like to stay up till about 1am and sleep till about 10am. That shift makes it almost impossible to keep a social life though considering I work 5 random days of the week including weekends.
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Posted 11/4/14
I used to work graveyards (11pm-9/10am) at an assisted living home for Alzheimer and Dementia. My nightly routine would be

-to check with the day person to see what was up that day
-See if everyone is in bed safe
-check on them every two hours
-made sure their beds weren't wet
-Get them ready in the morning
-take them to the bathroom
-and clean at night too

It was a lot of that.... it wasn't bad but I can't do nights... I love sleeping way to much. Plus the employee were not nice to other employees.
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