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    I have a very varied work schedule, i work nights for a couple of shifts during the week one night on the next night off and i also work days too plus overtime i can pick up, it totally messes with my body clock ( i work with adults with learning disabilities, supported living) i am wide awake now and have a 15 hour shift tmrw and cant sleep! Anyone else work strange hours? i do it to fit in with my children but i never know what day it is?!
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    Don't do it any more but used to and it played havoc with my body clock and general functions...and I looked like rubbish and used to pass my husband on the landing in zombie like state (me not him). I think that when they were little the kids probably thought my name was Ssh and all I did was sleep...I got used to eating roast dinner for breakfast and developed a taste for pot noodle at 4am (the only time when pot noodle even resembles something I could reasonably put in my mouth, I don't think this dried snack actually contains anything obviously belonging to any food group...the rest of the time the very idea of eating it makes me shudder LOL) I had no idea what day/night it was and all of this in the name of a better family life/work balance hah!

    I do recall wanting to take a chainsaw to someone's stereo one fine summers day when I was facing my 8th night shift in a row and was unable to sleep because of the 'music'...sadly/thankfully I did not possess a chain saw or I might be writing this from my jail cell LOL

    I empathise ...shifts suck...although being able to skip the rush hour and shop while everyone else was at work was a slight bonus...

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    • #3
      The shopping thing is a total bonus! i'm more a super noodles girl though lol, lookin forward to the day for normaliy though,my neighbours seem to shout all day, nearly went round in my dressing gown to shout but i resisted lol xx
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      • #4
        Yep it is best to resist the shouty in the dressing gown thing because you only end up being the crazy shouty dressing gown lady LOL The law does not provide any rights to shift workers. Sweet dreams zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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        • #5
          I can totally sympathise, I work shifts and sometimes this means that weeks can fly by without me noticing. Whenever i'm on a set of night shifts I get little to no crafting done and look forward to days off! Having said that I hate 'normal' day shifts even more, i'm just finishing a three week training course which means working Monday to Friday office hours and i'm hating it! Roll on Mondays night shift!
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          • #6
            I used to work continental shifts which involved something like 2 nights on, 2 off, 3 days on, 2 off, 2 nights on, 3 off, 2 days on etc - all 12 hour shifts. I ended up with almighty jet lag the whole time and after finishing a run of night shifts I'd go to bed at 8am sleep until 5pm and then have a normal night's sleep that night - basically because I'd barely slept for the previous 72 hours. Problem was I'd then not be able to sleep the following night which meant getting up at 5am to start the run of day shifts on only a couple of hours of sleep

            It really messed with my health in the end and I only did it for 2 years. My DH did the same shift for an extra 4 years and in the end we had to get him out of there, his health wasn't good and his temper was awful I seriously didn't recognise the man who punched a hole in the bedroom wall for no obvious reason He ended up taking a massive pay cut but it was really worth it to get my normal husband back

            The only positive of that shift was that if we worked it out right we could get 12 consecutive days off by only booking off 4 shifts.
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            • #7
              It's amazing how working different hours can affect you, JJ22 its so hard from finishing nights and being back to so called normal daytime its hard to do. Blimey nattynetty thats awfull! health does suffer, i work 1 night on 1 night off, 13 hour days and evenings all in the same week, like i said i work flexible hours to fit around my children as hubby cant work as such he has medical issues, the money is very good thats why i do it.
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