Doing my first night shift tonight at work

November 1, 2009 5:31am CST
I have never worked overnight as I am one of those people that loves her sleep and with 3 young children I really do need my sleep. But we are 6 people short at work at the moment and they have no one but me to do todays nightshift. I can't complain to much as its time and a half pay. Plus normally my kids will be at school on the Monday. Anyone got any tips on how I can stay awake all night? Normally I am tired at 9pm =/
6 responses
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
1 Nov 09
..hi skyeblue, my work is graveyard shift so to keep me awake, ofcourse coffee will be helpful but when i feed up i used gatorade+banana, cola drinks, energy drinks, i wear something uncomfortable enough to stay in one position while sitting and if you really going to fall asleep try splashing your face with eyes open with cold water...avoid reading books, avoid sitting so comfortable always have somebody to talk with..hope this help..
• India
1 Nov 09
good tips, but i also want to include that you can watch some interesting movie etc. on computer, walk around a little after some mins. and if you can start a interesting discussion here on my lot, and then do reply to each of your response, use yahoo or msn etc and chat with peoples all around the world. oh!!!!! some one is calling you to say "Good Morning"
1 Nov 09
Thanks. I will do all of that I think. I have told my boss if I manage to stay awake I will do the shift on a regular basis. I could use the extra money. I just hope it doesn't impact on my family at all. If I can manage it then it will be good as I can sleep while the kids are at school. Still quite nervous about it, but I like the people I will be working with.
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
7 Nov 09
hi sky! thanks for marking my response..
@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
3 Nov 09
well, when i worked nights, i was lucky, i had no kids to worry about and now, some years later and two kids, i dont think i could do it. i am too old! lol!
3 Nov 09
I am exhausted today lol My kids were not at school during the day so I only got a little sleep then today I had to be up at 5am as I had an early start at work today. I think when I do it next week it will be better as my kids will be at school during the day so I can sleep properly
@garybao (75)
• China
2 Nov 09
I think when you are very sleepy, you could watch some interesting movies to keep you awake or watch dances. If you have enough space, you can dance with the music(not too loud), you can also drink some coffee to keep you awake.
5 Nov 09
Unfortunately there is no telly at work so that isn't an option, but we do have music on and I have been known to sing and dance along to make time go quicker
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
Hi, Skyeblue! I worked overnight in a hotel before. If it was my first night, I would try to get some sleep in late afternoon for a few hours until 7 or 8pm before I got ready to work. On the second day, after signing off usually at 7am, I had a light breakfast and by that time I knew I would sleep through the whole day until afternoon. I didn't want to wake up with my tummy empty and growling, that's why I ate some before I dozed off. After waking up, I would normally took a shower and eat something. It's good to really rest and sometimes I would feel sleepy again and sleep until evening before preparing to go to work again. I would eat dinner at the hotel cafeteria. If you a coffee drinker, it really helps, but what I did before was just kept myself busy or talked and laughed with someone.
2 Nov 09
Well I got through and it wasn't as bad as I expected. I took all the advice, I kept myself really busy all night, work has never been so clean! I had a few little bits to eat, a banana and a chocolate bar and drank coffee and energy drinks. I had breakfast when I got home and slept until about an hour ago. I don't have to work that shift again until next week now. Thanks for the tips. I probably would have fallen asleep without them
@snovamp (55)
• Kabul, Afghanistan
2 Nov 09
I used to work 3rd shift.. Seeing you have young children in school, utilize that time to sleep. Up when they come home from school, have dinner with them and then slide in a small nap if possible. I agree with the other responses in drinking coffee or tea.. Energy drinks will help for that extra burst of energy but, careful for the downfall.. Sugar as well helps keep you going... And bananas do help.. You'll be fine.. I always loved that shift.. As well as the pay differential.. ;)
• Italy
1 Nov 09
I'd say, first get some rest (if not sleep) in the afternoon before, you should be more rested. And maybe push it a little more on the coffee, it should work too. Just don't drink loads, but a bit...I think anyways it'll be more 'natural' for you to be up because you will be working so your mind will be active.