is it worth it?
April 3, 2007 6:40pm CST
i've been working night shifts for almost 2 years now. people tell me it's not healthy and that i should consider a daytime job. i usually tell them i'm in it for the payout. plus i get to do what i want to do in the mornings when the "normal people" are awake. there are a lot of pros and cons at being a nocturnal creature. one of the advantages is of course the higher pay. and as i've mentioned, after work, you get to be with the people you want to be with in the daytime. on the other hand, one obvious no-no is the health risk. when you're sleep deprived, or not used to being awake when everybody's a sleep, it can be really stressful. it takes a lot of getting used to. one more thing i realized about working graveyard shifts is that you tend to be left behind by your "daytime friends". but then again, you gain a lot of "night time buddies". when you get the hang of it though, it becomes a normal routine...a lifestyle you live with.
3 Apr 07
My Dad worked night shifts for 25 years, 6 nights a week, he loved it because he worked up London and never had all the traffic problems that go with traveling there day times,(my Dad hated being in traffic!) when he retired he found sleeping at night hard to get used to, but apart from that he loved night work!
3 Apr 07
What's important is that your happy. Working the graveyard shift is normal nowadays with the advent of call centers. Never has before that nights are this active and lively. Yes, you'll have a hard time meeting up with your daytime friends because of scheduling problems but as you said, you get to have nighttime buddies as well.