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Any nightshift workers?

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Any nightshift workers?

Just had a good interview but it ends up the jobs is permanent night shift :( 11pm to 7am with weekends off. I know night shift is bad for your health and all but I want to take this job for the experience and stay for at least a year or two then quit if I can't get onto days or afternoons. It also comes with great pay and health benefits.

With that being say, how should I adjust my sleep schedule?? Try to sleep as soon as get home, so realistically sleep from 9am to 5pm, or try and stay awake until later in the afternoon and sleeping from 1pm-9pm or so? I'll also try and keep that sleep schedule throughout days off as well so that I shift my circadian rhythm.

If I stick that a good sleep schedule it shouldn't be that bad for your health? At-least not as bad as nurses and doctors who have to shift from days to nights on a weekly basis!
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Other than your health, would it affect your family life? wife, kids, etc....
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MP3_SKY wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 2:13 pm
Other than your health, would it affect your family life? wife, kids, etc....
I'm a single 20 something dude who already moved across the country so I have no family here anyway. But I'll easily be able to afford to fly home whenever I want with the pay that this job offers.

And if this job doesn't work out I can easily quit as I have nothing holding me down and have work that I can fall back onto.
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I used to work night shift. I caused accelerate aging of the body. I don't do it anymore. Your body age faster than normal.
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picard12 wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 2:50 pm
I used to work night shift. I caused accelerate aging of the body. I don't do it anymore. Your body age faster than normal.
What was your sleeping pattern like?
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Unless the position is very attractive or salary is significant higher, I would stick with normal hours.
You are at your 20s and moving to a new place, you may have to meet new people and have a social life.

Working reversing hours is difficult, you may hate it after a month or two.
On the bright side, you will have no traffic going in and out to work and you will have a lot of personal time during the day.
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I wouldn't do it unless it pays at least 2.5x what I'd make normal days.

If you still want to, I know most younger guys sleep the 9-5 hours and older guys do 1-9. The 1-9 allows you to get errands and housework done in the morning as they get daylight time even in the winter.
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Not quite double but close. I make roughly 40K a year but this job will put me at 60K + OT to start. should be making over 80K after a few years. It also includes benefits and pension.

And I moved here about 5 year ago so I already have somewhat of a social life.
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I loved it. Did it for 7 years. Aging quicker? What does that mean? As long as you get a good chunk of hours sleep! With the experience I moved on to a better paid job. See it as an investment, go for it!
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VESTEGAARD wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:01 pm
I loved it. Did it for 7 years. Aging quicker? What does that mean? As long as you get a good chunk of hours sleep! With the experience I moved on to a better paid job. See it as an investment, go for it!
Thanks, glad someone could share a positive experience! And that's my plan, to eventually move on to a better job. But if I like it a lot I can always stay.
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back in my younger days did the same shift at a factory 11-7
was ok...my sleep went from approx. 8pm to 2 pm maybe once in a while slept in the evening for an hour...good thing was more relaxed in the midnight shift..no big bosses around..little longer lunch as less supervisors around..did it for a year
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You guys don't understand how a night sleep is critical to the human body. The body only go into repair mode at night. Day sleep don't help. You can google it. I met people who did night shift for many years. They age visibility to my eyes. Immune system also get weaker. There are many studies of night shift work.
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picard12 wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:48 pm
You guys don't understand how a night sleep is critical to the human body. The body only go into repair mode at night. Day sleep don't help. You can google it. I met people who did night shift for many years. They age visibility to my eyes. Immune system also get weaker. There are many studies of night shift work.
Very true. That's one thing that worries me. But if I can't get onto day shift after a year or two I'll probably quit and do something else, even if it pays less. I mainly want the experience and money in the mean time. I'll be sure to save enough money to float on if I do quit.
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you haven't even gotten an offer yet!!

But since you're young with no commitment, you should try it.
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It will lead to weight gain (or weight yo yo) and depression. It may not be easy to 'climb' out of it. But since you're young, and keep it short-term, it might be ok. Just make sure to have an exit plan.

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