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I'm Definitely a Night Person

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The average person works the ďnormal work hoursĒ during the day, just as I have most of my adult life, without even realizing there is a better way. Okay, maybe not for everyone, but definitely for me.

When I first went to work where I am now I was working all night - 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Trying to go to sleep after the sun had come up was quite the challenge. I bought room darkening shades - helped a little, not a lot. I tried taking Melatonin - it made me groggy and I would fall asleep, but only for about three hours and then I was back up. Honestly, I slept every other day, when I was too exhausted from lack of sleep the day before to stay awake any longer. Sometimes I was downright cranky from lack of sleep. So I was elated when I learned that I was being moved to a second shift position working 4 p.m. until midnight. emoticon

Iíve been on that shift for two years now and I love it. Until the last two days I had completely forgotten how much I dislike alarm clocks and rushing to get ready for work early in the morning. A daytime magistrate had asked me if I could change shifts with him yesterday and today as he needed the two evenings off. While not particularly excited about the early hours, I agreed to the switch.

The screaming alarm in my ear yesterday morning (and this morning) was a really rude awakening. Actually, I donít have an alarm clock anymore so I had to use the alarm on my smart phone. Anyway, the last thing I wanted to do at 6:30 a.m. was crawl out of my warm bed, get ready to go to work, and get in rush hour traffic (there is no rush hour traffic at 4:00 p.m., at least not heading into town, and for sure none at midnight). Ugh!!! What was I thinking? emoticon My mind kept telling me I had to get up, but my body was refusing to cooperate. The one positive thing was my pot of coffee waiting for me. In fact, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee may very well be the only reason I got up and made it to work these two mornings. By the way, isnít the time delay feature on coffee makers the greatest thing ever? Being able to set my coffee maker at night and wake up to the smell of coffee in the morning is heavenly. Oops, sorry about that; I got off track thinking about my morning brew! emoticon

So, back to what I was saying. I also learned that the processes the day shift deals with tend to be somewhat different from what we deal with on evening shift. There is a steady flow of traffic during the day making it hard to even find time to eat lunch (I didnít today). I found myself letting criminal process papers stack up on my desk only stopping occasionally to prepare court shucks and make sure all the paperwork was in the proper place. There was also a steady flow of people on the public side wanting to press charges (we see some in the evenings, but a much lower volume). I know those who work the day shift love it, but Iím just happy that on Friday Iíll be back to my sweet second shift hours. emoticon Yes, we deal with some very colorful characters in the evening, but Iíd rather put up with the cussing and door kicking from someone whoís had a few too many to drink than work those daytime hours every day. For me, itís a good trade off.

I'm off work the next two days and then back to work all weekend. Now, Iím going to crawl into my warm bed early, pull the covers over my head, sleep as late as I want tomorrow morning and wake up to the smell of coffee - when I'm ready. Oh my, I love second shift!
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Good night my friends. Hope you all have a restful night and a great day tomorrow!

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  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    I'm glad you found the shift that works for you - I think I used to be a night person but have slowly shifted [ha!] to become a day person. I'm still not necessarily a 'morning person' like DH is but find that getting up early and getting to sleep early works for me now. Good luck getting back on your preferred schedule!!
    1238 days ago
  • v SKIPPYDOG
    I love it.. I get up in the wee early morning.O200 am ( while the rest of the world is still sleeping.) emoticon and then I am done by 1:00pm.. then I have a 45min- 1 hour drive home cause of all of that lovely traffic emoticon in the afternoon.. I used to work 7(10hour) shifts and week paid week for 80 hours and a whole week off.. Boy do I miss my week off. emoticon but not those 70 hours on.. they are a killer. By the 7th day you are a walking zombie... and ready for some good emoticon emoticon
    1239 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/8/2013 6:24:59 PM
  • v HICKOK-HALEY
    I can relate. I'm not a morning person at all. Never have been. I'm glad your getting back to your normal schedule. You sure have an interesting job!
    1240 days ago
  • v LIBBYG7
    Now that I'm retired and can sleep in after 35 + years waking to an alarm clock at the crack of dawn ----- I still get up at the crack of dawn ---- I have to walk Lucy!!! Besides, I have an internal alarm clock which wakes me early anyway,,,,,,, can't win!!

    I'm glad you'll be back to your beloved 2nd shift!!

    Hugs, Libby
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    1241 days ago
  • v LIVINGFREE19
    I love 2nd shift way better than 1rst. Morning hours are too hard for me too!
    1241 days ago
  • v GOLFGMA
    Guess I can't really relate having never worked second shift. I have worked long shifts such as 8 AM to 8 PM. I have a natural alarm that continues, even after retirement, for 5:30 to 6:00. Love the early morning hours when all is still and quiet and I have my morning cup of coffee uninterrupted . emoticon
    1241 days ago
  • v _JODI404
    I am definitely with you Cindy ~ totally a night owl!! No matter how many years I have had to do it... the alarm clock is always a struggle for me every time. Oh, how I love my weekends!!

    Enjoy your days off and return back to "normal". emoticon emoticon
    1242 days ago
  • v WORLDSERIES11
    I'm a night owl with an early riser job....unfortunately the second shift isn't an option as a school teacher...lol
    Rest well emoticon
    1242 days ago
  • v DEBBIEDAY
    emoticon Sweet dreams!

    1242 days ago
  • v DOODIE59
    I'm with you all the way!! Night owls unite! I said to my sister once that I loved the feel of the air at night, the sparkling stars ... a different kind of energy, and she said, "And I love that fresh, clean aura right before the sun peeps over the trees in the morning, there's a pure energy in the air ..." Different strokes for different folks, and isn't it wonderful that we're not all the same:) Enjoy your nights.
    Deirdre emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1242 days ago
  • v LADYVOLSFAN1954
    I loved 2nd shift when I worked at the hospital! It was so much nicer than day shift. It was busy still but a different type of busy. Yay! Second Shift rules!
    1242 days ago
  • v JOYCECAIN
    I felt bad for you having to get up and work day shift. I imagine it was a culture shock. Get your rest. Joyce
    1242 days ago
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