Will You Work Night Shift if You Have an Option?

@acelawrites (12486)
Philippines
August 28, 2016 8:20am CST
A friend had been given graveyard or night shifts for some weeks now. She had to sleep at daytime when she goes out from work at 6 a.m. then sleep almost the whole day till 5 p.m. Her duty starts at 9 p.m. I noted that it was over by an hour from the usual eight hours shift. There can be some violation of labor laws here. She said she is just taking her time and would transfer to another job when she has the opportunity. I said it would affect her health if she will always work at night, depriving her of the much needed night sleep. Will you also work on a graveyard shift just to have a job?
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
28 Aug 16
Some people like to do night shift because they like the quiet at night. They can make breakfast for their children, and send their children to school after they return home.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
At first it would be alright, but continuously, it would take a toll on one's health.
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@hereandthere (32974)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
was she aware from the start that she might be assigned to the graveyard shift? maybe it's rotational, everyone gets a turn. maybe just sleep immediately so she's well-rested, continue to eat nutritious food and take a multivitamin.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Sometimes, it's for two weeks, sometimes a week. I advised her to eat and drink lots of water, ans vitamins too.
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@ilocosboy (38612)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
for me yes if i dont have a choice
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
I agree, because if you really want a job, you have to sacrifice.
@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
28 Aug 16
I'm a night owl, so I would enjoy night shifts and I also sleep nicely during the day. However it affects health, especially the psychological one. Lack of sun make people depressed.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
It is true, one can walk like a "zombie" for lack of sleep after a whole night's work.
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29 Aug 16
This article supports the (above) info, about how the sun helps with better mood, and some more, fascinating and positive links:
Even taking the skin-cancer risk fully into account, scientists say that getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.
@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
@MarleneAM thans for this info. It will encourage people to have some sun exposure; maybe in the morning before 10 a.m. or late in the afternoon?
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
28 Aug 16
I did that for a couple of years when I was in college. I don't think I could an remain sane now. But if it's a matter of having a job and not having a job, of course I would. I didn't like it then. I wouldn't like it now. I couldn't sleep during the day, mostly because the people I lived with didn't think it necessary to let me sleep.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
They should respect people who need to sleep during the day;you can do it when you were still young, but as we age, sleep at night is a necessity.
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
28 Aug 16
@acelawrites Yes. It annoyed me. Once the neighbors got into an argument and woke me up. I wanted nothing more than to turn the garden hose on them, but I was a good citizen and refrained.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
@msiduri ha ha ha! If we could only have a remote control to "mute" them!
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
28 Aug 16
My husband will have a problem with it but personally,l think i`d choose to work nights.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
It is better to work daytime and have a good night's sleep.
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
29 Aug 16
@acelawrites Worked night when i was younger,liked it as it gave me time to do other things in the day
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
@miniam I did it too, but now I can't; it will affect my health.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
30 Aug 16
If I really needed a job then yes I probably would. It would not be my favorite if I had a choice.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
30 Aug 16
I agree because sometimes we have to make options that are not so favorable to us, but just a compromise.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
31 Aug 16
@acelawrites Yes we really do. It's just a part of growing up that isn't always fun.
@dodo19 (33974)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Aug 16
If I don't have a choice then yes I might do it. But it's definitely not something I would do if I don't have to.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Yes,because sometimes, there's a need to sacrifice or take the risk.
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@dodo19 (33974)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Aug 16
@acelawrites very true.
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@sunrisefan (21031)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
I don't think I'd like to work on a graveyard shift. Daytime sleep is very much different from the usual night sleep and you'd likely wake up every now and then because of the noise during the day not only from outside the house but also from inside (the people in your household going about their daily routine in the house).
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
So true, you can't sleep well during the day because of noise, and health experts say night's sleep is really the best for the body.
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@sunrisefan (21031)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
@rina110383 (24069)
29 Aug 16
I won't mind working on a graveyard shift. Time is faster at night. When I was a full-time freelancer for my clients on Upwork, I worked from 7 pm to 7 am for six months.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
That was so long, working at night. I can't do it now for health reasons.
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• Canada
29 Aug 16
I absolutely loved the night shift. As a past registered nurse, I enjoyed the night shift because there were a lot less people to deal with in the general hospital where I used to work. I also liked the night shift as I am a night owl by nature.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
So it fits your agenda; good you had it.
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@responsiveme (16821)
• India
29 Aug 16
I suppose yes if no option.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
29 Aug 16
I agree, if you really wanted a job, you will grab it.
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• United States
28 Aug 16
yes ma'am, i would 'n actually did such fer o'er 6 years. i preferred the night shift myself, findin' i could function quite well with jest 2-4 hours sleep daily....not e'erybody 'tis cut out fer such :)
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
30 Aug 16
Just 2-4 hours sleep is still lacking, and it should be at night though. Good thing you survived it.
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@skysnap (18038)
28 Aug 16
I worked like that plenty of times. and it affects health too.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
It really affects one's heath, as doctors say.
@Corbin5 (118977)
• United States
28 Aug 16
No, I would never work the graveyard shift. I would be miserable with those hours.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
I agree with you, because it it so hard to experience lack of sleep. I can take it when I was younger, but now, it would take a heavy toll on my health.
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@jstory07 (71024)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 Aug 16
I worked graveyard for years so I could be home with my kids during the day and my husband with be home with them at night.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Good thing you survived it.
• Indonesia
28 Aug 16
I would take it if there is no option, working time changed became sleeping time.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
It happens today, due to modernization, there are so many call centers that run continuously even at night due to time zone differences.
@Macarrosel (7538)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Graveyard shifts are good for young ones but for me, an old woman, I don't think I will survive.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Same with me, I would have high blood pressure when I lack night sleep. For young one's they can do it but it is not so good in the long run.
@thelme55 (15125)
• Germany
28 Aug 16
Maybe if I have no choice but I will look for another job if that is the case.
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
It could be for a temporary basis only; yes, if you have an option, you should not take it.
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@Hate2Iron (8029)
• Canada
28 Aug 16
I wouldn't want to, but I guess you have to do what you have to do. My daughter had a summer job over night one year, and she was so tired that she fell down a flight of stairs. It just can't be good for you!
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@acelawrites (12486)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
That was really bad for one's health. Hope your daughter is fine now.