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    Working nights?

    I'm just about to start a new job that is night work. I've never done nights before. My mates don't seem to mind it but my family say it's awful and will make you Ill.
    Does anyone here do nights? How do you find them? Also if you do split nights so there not all together do you find it harder?

    Thanks in advance

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    Banned

    I used to work nights, you lose your weekends because your sleeping sat morning and have to start a new week sunday night

    ive done nights, i done it for five years and it doesnt make you ill, just make sure you go to bed as soon as you get home and get up about 5-6pm, or you could stay up till about 2-3pm and then sleep so when you get up you go straight to work, which is best as you may start to get tired again before you go to work, you need to try both and see what works best for you.

    used to work nights-absolutely hated it,and it does have health implications for many people,there are actually studies which show that it increases womens chances of certain cancers btw. Having said that,I worked with people who had done it for years and had no problems-you will know soon enough if it suits you,but try to do all the nights together-I used to do 4 on 3 off-splitting them will give you no routine whatsoever. Dont come home and try to sleep immediately-stay up for a coupla hours and then try to switch off.

    I would NEVER do it again,but everyone is different.

    I work nights from time to time, I personally don't mind working them, but I guess it affects people differently. Just get some earplugs & some decent black out blinds

    whatsThePoint

    I used to work nights, you lose your weekends because your sleeping sat … I used to work nights, you lose your weekends because your sleeping sat morning and have to start a new week sunday night



    Yeah, but you get to sit in the sun during summer while the dayshift wallahs are sweating at work.

    I work permanent nights so I don't know about split shifts but I only work 4 nights a week.Which means I get friday to recover and then the weekends my own until monday night. That's effectively 4 days off!

    Edited by: "trog0" 14th Mar 2011

    Hey, I've been working nights and no it doesn't make you ill. The key is to get the right amount of sleep and be fresh when you get to work.
    I work 10pm-8am, I sleep till noon and go back to bed around 5pm .. I find that optimal.

    It also depends on what kind of work you do and how alert you need to be

    Have had a few night jobs over the years. Try and get youre days off in a row otherwise its a **** to get into a routine. You will find a sleep pattern that works for you. I worked Tue, Wed and Thur evening from 7pm till 8am. On Tuesday I used to have a nap in the afternoon before work. Then go straight to bed in the morning. On friday I used to have a nap in the morning and get up for 1pm. I tried not to go bed on the Friday but found I was tired over the weekend. I found the wost time in the night was about 3-4pm. My body just seemed to want to shut down then. The last night job I had was a nightmare as there wasnt actually anything to do after about 3pm so it was a case off just waiting to go home. I also found it hard to work out what to eat, and when to eat during the night. Anything too heavy before going bed was a know good as I couldnt get to sleep. Hope that helps.

    barky

    used to work nights-absolutely hated it,and it does have health … used to work nights-absolutely hated it,and it does have health implications for many people,there are actually studies which show that it increases womens chances of certain cancers btw. Having said that,I worked with people who had done it for years and had no problems-you will know soon enough if it suits you,but try to do all the nights together-I used to do 4 on 3 off-splitting them will give you no routine whatsoever. Dont come home and try to sleep immediately-stay up for a coupla hours and then try to switch off.I would NEVER do it again,but everyone is different.



    You got a link to those studies? or did you read it in the daily mail? I work nights, and i actually prefer them to days, but some people who i work with hate them. As long as you can get a good sleep during the day you should be ok. But, as others have said, dont split them if possible as you will really struggle

    i work a week of 12 hour days followed by a week of 12 hour nights which really messes my body clock up, I find them easier if they are in a row rather than split up in the week as its hard to get in a pattern otherwise, but ive been doin it for 3 and half years and you do get used to it!

    actually just googled it and it was a study published in the lancet so I stand corrected

    Suck it and see, you'll either love it or hate it.

    I worked nights for 6 months or so in early 20's (22-23) didn't mind it at the time but made me go from a heavy sleeper to basically an insomniac ever since. Worst thing I ever did. Saying that would be fine if I continued doing them forever.

    I worked nights for 3 years. Its like your life is on hold. Caused big rows.
    Some people love it, some people suffer it, some people hate it.

    If you have kids I would suggest you will not enjoy it very much.

    Never worked nights myself, but almost every conversation I've had with people who have ends in "I glad I packed it in it almost killed me".

    sparxuk

    actually just googled it and it was a study published in the lancet so I … actually just googled it and it was a study published in the lancet so I stand corrected




    yep-like I said,different for everyone,but there are suggestions it can cause increased risk of breast cancer,suppress your immune system,cause weight gain,insomnia,ulcers etc etc-the fact is,that even if you sleep during the day you just arent meant to be awake all night-I saw a few on nightshift succumb to mental illness as well,but have no proof that was related,it may have happened anyway.

    the danish government has paid compensation to people whose health was ruined,and the studies in america were enough to make walmart change their policy,they cannot ask anyone to do more than 6 months nights and then have to offer them daytime hours.
    Edited by: "barky" 14th Mar 2011

    worked nights for 12 years, getting a good "days" sleep is important or you will be feeling pretty drained and exhausted.
    also say goodbye to your social life, especially if you work weekends like me.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys. Really helpful info! I will defo give the times ago for sleeping and see what's suits me. Unfortunelty my nights are split which is goin to be had but I'm hoping I'll get used to it! Fingers crossed! It's a carers job and I don't have kids so should be ok. I work every Friday and alternate Sunday's at the weekend. Also Tuesday's and Wednesday's.

    Thanks everyone

    i worked nights and hated it and liked it i worked 10 hr shifts mon-thur and had to be paid for lunch as there was no provisions for us, hated the lack of sleep as i only ever managed about 4 hrs sleep a day on average and hated missing the champions league,it was also a bummer in the summer when your mates were off to the pub at night and you were off to work.

    the pros tho were not dealing with the public,more money and i basically had friday sat sun and monday to chill

    lincolnsmommy

    Thanks guys. Really helpful info! I will defo give the times ago for … Thanks guys. Really helpful info! I will defo give the times ago for sleeping and see what's suits me. Unfortunelty my nights are split which is goin to be had but I'm hoping I'll get used to it! Fingers crossed! It's a carers job and I don't have kids so should be ok. I work every Friday and alternate Sunday's at the weekend. Also Tuesday's and Wednesday's. Thanks everyone



    You may get a chance to have a nap for an hour if there are a couple off you working. In some off the care homes ive worked at they leave all the cleaning and food prep for the night workers. When I worked in a homeless shelter we used to be able to take turns having a kip, which was handy. If its older people you may have to check on them. Good luck with it.


    leecroot

    You may get a chance to have a nap for an hour if there are a couple off … You may get a chance to have a nap for an hour if there are a couple off you working. In some off the care homes ive worked at they leave all the cleaning and food prep for the night workers. When I worked in a homeless shelter we used to be able to take turns having a kip, which was handy. If its older people you may have to check on them. Good luck with it.



    OP hasn't even started her job and yet you are giving her tips on how to get sacked,

    I work 12 hour nights i don't mind it sometimes but i just hate going to work when i know people are on they way home

    Original Poster

    Lol I liked the idea of nights as ur leaving before a really busy shift. I'm doing 12 hours. 8-8.
    I haven't got much time to get used to it thou as ive been put down for over 60 hours this week I'll be glad when I get my pay thou.
    They do spot checks at ours so no sleeping or the sack lol x

    BladeY

    I work 12 hour nights i don't mind it sometimes but i just hate going to … I work 12 hour nights i don't mind it sometimes but i just hate going to work when i know people are on they way home



    Yes, but you could say that about whatever time you work. Nights would be going home when you going to work if you work days, lol

    Banned

    wish they would pack it in in our work,i dont do it myself but was making a fortune in standby allowances(until they brought in a nightshift to cover.....bummer.)

    It all depends on whether you can sleep in the day or not, I used to get around 4-5 hours max and ended up on sleeping tablets to get me through. Was a zombie come Friday, others on the shift had to be woken by their wives at 6pm. i find it weird the way my body just would not adjust to sleeping in the day. in bed around 8am awake and panicking by 12-1pm, no way would that happen if I slept at night.
    The biggest tip I can give you is get blackout lining for your window, make the room pitch black and you stand a chance, sun light coming through the windows / curtains is a killer, it weirdly wakes you up.
    Edited by: "greg_68" 15th Mar 2011

    jonny619447

    Yes, but you could say that about whatever time you work. Nights would be … Yes, but you could say that about whatever time you work. Nights would be going home when you going to work if you work days, lol



    I know i know.

    Banned

    Just get your head down at work... equals happy days.

    depends on the job, i work 4 days then 4 days off 4 nights 4 days off and then a week of 6 which is 3 days 3 nights and then 7 days off.

    on the nights i can rotate with my shift partner a bit so we can get our heads down 2-3 hours a night (as long as there is no work/incidents) so when i get home il sleep 7:30-12:30 and im fine, leave back to work at around 6:15 so i get a fair bit of time at home and todo stuff;

    i have been doing it for almost 5 years now and never been ill from it, far from in fact i think in the last 5 years i have been ill 2-3 times in general.

    Banned

    Yeah been doing nights 8.5yrs have been off ill 1 day at the most every 3 yrs, last day off was because I couldn't get myself out of bed due to torn something in my knee after rugby.

    Greg_68 "The biggest tip I can give you is get blackout lining for your window"

    Great tip but also www.snorestore.co.uk...ear plugs, no **** stops cutting the grass just coz you're sleeping!

    I've done nights for 4 years now and am just starting to want to do days again, I do 10 hour shifts so work 7 nights out of 14, great for time of with kids. I sleep 9-2.30 and then try to get an hour in the evening.
    Good Luck.

    My mum and dad both work nights and prefer them. They are both carers. My dad says black out curtains and blinds help you to sleep. They also get about 20% more pay for unsociable hours. So you can earn quite a bit more than the day staff. It does take some getting use to and on your last day in work of your shift make you you get up early so you sleep properly the next night
    As for sleeping ad it being a carers job. This is a sackable offence so be careful!

    Banned

    Didn't they show that people who work nights have a lower life expectancy?

    I did it for about two years in a factory doing 5 x 8hr shifts Mon - Fri 12am-8am. Sleeping during the day never felt as fulfilling as on a night. I would fall asleep on the job every single night without fail, usually around the 4am mark. I'd go to gym straight from work then home. Bed at around 2pm then up at around 10pm.

    Weekends were interesting as you try and flip your sleeping pattern round for two days. Falling asleep in nightclubs on a Saturday night was a common occurrence!

    I'd never do nights again if I had a choice.

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone for all your advice. Did my second night last night and I'm lovin them! They suit me better than days. 2 more nights and I'm off yay x

    I have been in my current employ for the last 7 years. I do 2 days 2 nights and get 4 days off ...
    the job previous to that was 4 nights a week ( mon-thur )

    I actually quite enjoy night shifts .. some people don't / can't get the hang of it

    Glad you're enjoying them though!!

    Blackout curtains are a must - also uses ear plugs and sleeping mask as we have a south facing home ( lots of sunlight through the windows )
    as for bonus i get £3000 extra for night working which ain't too bad - although they're 12 hour shifts 7-7 am/pm pm/am
    Edited by: "arcangel111" 18th Mar 2011

    lincolnsmommy

    Thanks everyone for all your advice. Did my second night last night and … Thanks everyone for all your advice. Did my second night last night and I'm lovin them! They suit me better than days. 2 more nights and I'm off yay x



    Tbf everyone probably enjoys them for a while, it's whether the novelty wears off thats the problem.

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    barky

    yep-like I said,different for everyone,but there are suggestions it can … yep-like I said,different for everyone,but there are suggestions it can cause increased risk of breast cancer,suppress your immune system,cause weight gain,insomnia,ulcers etc etc-the fact is,that even if you sleep during the day you just arent meant to be awake all night-I saw a few on nightshift succumb to mental illness as well,but have no proof that was related,it may have happened anyway.the danish government has paid compensation to people whose health was ruined,and the studies in america were enough to make walmart change their policy,they cannot ask anyone to do more than 6 months nights and then have to offer them daytime hours.


    all those symptoms are also associated with eating peanut butter......

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