Working a regular job is great. I know when I’m going to work and when I’ll have time off. But working straight nights messes me up on the weekend. I try and swing my body back to sleeping at night for two days, when really I shouldn’t.
I’ll get home after my Friday night shift and go to sleep, but only for about five hours. The rest of my Saturday afternoon and evening is spent fighting off sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion. Passing out about eight hours after my nap is a regular occurrence. Sometime falling asleep while watching a movie with the family.
The Sunday usually has me waking up early and making a large breakfast for the family. Then we have a good day of hanging out with other friends followed by a nice evening with a couple of drinks. I get to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up on the Monday morning at around eight am.
Then the frustration kicks in. I’ll be awake for hours, then toss and turn trying to get some sleep before night one of my work week begins. After that first night shift, I’ll get home and crash for ten hours or so trying to get my body back into the swing of nights. Every week is like this. But I really enjoy the night shift because there’s so much to get done and I can still squeeze in some time with the family for a meal or adventure.
Like most people who work regularly, two days off just isn’t enough. A third day added on would be great. I’d love to have a four day work week. Although, switching my sleep schedule around from days to nights and back again halfway through the week would probably take its toll on me worse than what two days off does.
Anyhow, time to try and get a nap before my Monday begins. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!