I am physically and mentally exhausted today. It’s from a lack of sleep. Not that I haven’t tried- I came home from my nightshift and promptly went to bed. It’s my friends forgetting that I am working nightshifts that seem to be the issue.
The real world seems to be 9-5 Monday to Friday with Everybody Working For The Weekend. But there are those of us who can’t or don’t. That’s where the hardship comes in. Most people sleep all night and forget that there are some of us who need to sleep during the day. Even my friends and my family forget or have a tough time adjusting to the thought that I’m not as alert as they are during the day.
Working nights is tough but it also has its advantages. It means I am free to make doctor or dentist appointments for anytime of day. It means I can volunteer more for my children’s school activities. It also means I can do shopping during the calmer times and not be stuck in lines and crowds during the after school/ dinner hours. I’m looking at you Costco– I swear those are the worst times to shop there.
But in arranging appointments and time with the family, my schedule gets altered. Following most nightshifts, I get home and try to fall asleep by 9am, waking up for dinner. I’ll spend the evening with the family. But other times, it’s a few hours nap, wake up & do stuff, nap, wake up to eat, maybe nap again. My body is generally accustomed to this.
But, I also have days like today. A day where emails, phone calls and texts have interrupted me far too much to get even a decent nap. “Turn off your phone Josef.” I can’t really do that. It’s the main communication I have to my wife, work and emergencies. Most texts or calls I can ignore and respond to when I wake up. No offense to my friends, but sleep is kind of important.