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goreds2
03-17-2008, 05:17 AM
I have been filling in for an open position here at work until it is filled. I don't mind it. Less stress and Less people to deal with etc. :)

I am a supervisor and when not working this shift works the 8am-5pm Monday - Friday schedule.


* If anyone works the grave yard shift or has in the past, how did you like it?

* What were your sleeping habits?

* What hours/days did you work? I am currently working 3 to 4 days a week depending on coverage from other workers. (Around 7:30pm to 6:30am.)

MrCinatit
03-17-2008, 05:39 AM
Until a couple of months ago, I worked from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. I liked it a lot, and had no problem with sleeping at all - I put blankets over my windows and such. Basically, I lived my life in reverse.
I recently moved to mornings, but it was not my choice at all. Such is life.

SunDeck
03-17-2008, 06:55 AM
I have been working sundown to sunrise for about six hundred years now. Works for me.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Nosferatu_door_in_the_castle.jpg

OldRightHander
03-17-2008, 08:21 AM
I worked third shift for about six years straight at one time. I kind of got used to sleeping during the day and didn't have any trouble with it at all. I prefer to sleep at night, but nowadays I get the work when I can get it and sleep when I can. Sometimes I have to drive an all nighter and sometimes I get to deliver early enough to sleep at night. I have window screens that I put up that keep the inside of my sleeper fairly dim at all times, but I've pretty much conditioned myself to be able to sleep whenever I need and wherever I happen to be. There's not much that can keep me awake when I decide it's time to sleep.

gonelong
03-17-2008, 10:06 AM
Black out cloth was essential to me when I worked a 3rd shift job. Loved it when I was a single man, decided I needed a new line of work when marriage and children were on the horizon.

I worked from 8pm to 6am.

GL

TeamSelig
03-17-2008, 10:23 AM
My wife works 10pm-7am.... she got one of those sleeping masks and it seems to work pretty well

Joseph
03-17-2008, 10:31 AM
I've done third shift before. I worked 3 jobs a while when I was just out of high school. Full time 1st, and part time on second and third [not on the same days].

I loved the 3rd shift part most of all. I was the only one in the building, running computer reports and such. I'd listen to sports talk all night, and do nothing. I mean I literally would start a program running, it would take an hour, or two, or 5 sometimes. So I would sit there and sleep if I wanted and they were ok with it.

919191
03-17-2008, 10:45 AM
I've worked 7 PM t0 7 AM for almost 13 years. I work 4 on, 4 off, 3 on, 3 off, with odd turnaround weeks every 7 weeks becose I work7 weekends, then have 7 off. I like it. I like 12 hour shifts becauuse I like 3 or 4 days off every week. I have always been a night owl, so I am comfortable with it. I get home, grab a snack and a couple of beers, and hit the sack about 9 AM and get up at 3 or 4. The roughest part is the first day off. Sleep too little that day and your first night off feels miserable. Too long and it's hard to sleep that night, and your sleep pattern is screwed up the rest of the days off.

Buckeye33
03-17-2008, 10:53 AM
I work at a state psychiatric hospital on 3rd shift and have for 3 1/2 years. I worked 2nd shift when I first started for about a year and it was miserable. 2nd shift is the worst shift by far.

Now that I'm on 3rd, the job is much much easier and less stressful. The patients sleep most of the night and we can watch movies, play cards, video games, etc as long as nothing is popping off on the unit.

As far as sleep goes, I work 10:30pm-7am, then when I get home I eat some breakfast and sleep from 7:30am-2:30pm.

I love 3rd shift currently because I don't have any kids and can watch pretty much any sports in the evenings, as well as play sports (softball, bowling, formerly basketball) and not have to worry about having the day off. The only sticking point with my job is I only get 1 weekend off every 3 so that gets annoying.

As long as you can sleep during the day, 3rd shift has a lot of advantages.

redsfanmia
03-17-2008, 06:52 PM
I did it in two stints one lasting a year and a half and the other lasting 8 months and I hated it. I was single at the time and found that I slept all the time and yet was never rested.

goreds2
03-17-2008, 08:23 PM
Thanks for the great posts! I have expressed to my boss's how interested I may be in working over nights as a shift supervisor.

They seem to be for this and my shift would be Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 7pm to 7am. I would then then work 1-5pm on Thursday to attend our department status meeting. This would still keep me "in the loop" with my group as I would not disappear.

This is not set in stone as yet but looking good. :)

The less stress on the job would be something money cannot buy.

gilpdawg
03-17-2008, 08:26 PM
I used to work 12 hour night shifts, but they were 7p-7a, so I missed a lot of ballgames. :) I wouldn't mind a regular Monday-Friday 11-7 type shift.

Hoosier Red
03-17-2008, 08:41 PM
When I joined Redszone, I worked the radio overnight shift from 10pm to 6 AM, I never did get used to it.

goreds2
03-18-2008, 03:28 AM
hit the sack about 9 AM and get up at 3 or 4. The roughest part is the first day off. Sleep too little that day and your first night off feels miserable. Too long and it's hard to sleep that night, and your sleep pattern is screwed up the rest of the days off.

I have been sleeping from around 10am to 3 or 4pm.

Yes, the first day off is tricky. I try to sleep a min. of 3 hours and try not to go over 5.

GAC
03-18-2008, 08:06 AM
I've worked 3rd shift for almost 12 years now. I don't think your body, regardless of the amount of sleep you get,ever gets use to it, and I make sure I get 7-8 hours sleep everyday. I get off work at 7AM, and by the time I get home and unwind, I get to bed around 9AM. I then usually get up when the kids get home from school that afternoon. But I've been known to lay back down and take a nap before work. ;)

They say working 3rd shift shortens your life span...... so I have that going for me.

goreds2
03-18-2008, 03:50 PM
They say working 3rd shift shortens your life span...... so I have that going for me.

:eek:

lo ryder
03-20-2008, 11:41 PM
Try a sound machine. I moved into a newly built house while working nites and this did help out quite a bit. That was several years ago and I still use the machine quite often.

GAC
03-21-2008, 04:50 AM
And another problem with working 3rd shift is the weekends. You've "geared" your body to be up during the night hours, and then the weekend comes where you try to get it switch around, only to have to switch it back around if you go in on Sunday night (which would be Monday for a 3rd shifter).

It's why I've been up for the last 2 hours. :lol:

goreds2
10-07-2008, 12:55 AM
I posted this last March and am continuing to enjoy the graveyard shift as Supervisor.

I better get back to work!

EDIT: I am sorry for replying to so many threads this morning. It has been awhile since I have been here.

GAC
10-11-2008, 06:51 PM
THere's a reason they call it the GRAVEYARD shift.

You get there faster.

It's hard getting sleep on Sundays, especially during football season, and then having to go into work that night.

It's also hard, getting off on Friday mornings and not having to work that weekend, especailly in nice weather, and not be tempted to stay up. Of course when you do, you're a real bear by evening, and your family stays clear. I broke that habit years ago. I come home and at least get 3-4 hours of sleep.

919191
10-12-2008, 01:48 AM
THere's a reason they call it the GRAVEYARD shift.

You get there faster.

It's hard getting sleep on Sundays, especially during football season, and then having to go into work that night.

It's also hard, getting off on Friday mornings and not having to work that weekend, especailly in nice weather, and not be tempted to stay up. Of course when you do, you're a real bear by evening, and your family stays clear. I broke that habit years ago. I come home and at least get 3-4 hours of sleep.


Same here. I work 12 hour shifts 4 on 4 off 3 on 3 off. Sometimes I am up 26-27 hours during the day/night I first go back. I don't really ever try to stay up on my first day off. Makes the day miserable for me and anyone around me.

GAC
10-12-2008, 05:09 AM
I look forward to getting off of 3rd shift someday at Honda.... when I retire. ;)

WVRed
10-12-2008, 09:21 AM
I worked midnight shift for about a week at Kroger. Basically watching the floor cleaners watch wax dry.

When you have to switch back from midnights to day shift, that is when it is even more fun. Your sleep pattern is off because you were used to sleeping during the day that you don't get hardly any sleep at all. I found out later that I was sleepwalking during that time.

Red Bull and Full Throttle became my friends during that time.

goreds2
10-13-2008, 07:41 PM
Same here. I work 12 hour shifts 4 on 4 off 3 on 3 off.

I work this same format as supervisor as I have to fill in day shift on occassion to cover vacation. That really screws with your body. My boss is really good at giving me extra days off as he knows it can be hectic and I save the company overtime.

I could not work 5 graveyards every week. I prefer working the 3 -12's one week then 4 the next.

919191
10-14-2008, 10:55 AM
I work this same format as supervisor as I have to fill in day shift on occassion to cover vacation. That really screws with your body. My boss is really good at giving me extra days off as he knows it can be hectic and I save the company overtime.

I could not work 5 graveyards every week. I prefer working the 3 -12's one week then 4 the next.

Company would like to put us on 4 on 4 off all the time. We get time and a quarter on Saturday and time and a half on Sunday. We are a union shop and I'm not sure if it is a contractual issue or not. I would rather stay on what we are on now, but it isn't a big deal as long as they don't want to make weekends straight time.

OldRightHander
10-14-2008, 11:06 AM
In my line of work, you might do an overnighter, grab a bit of sleep, then get an afternoon pickup going about 400 miles and be done by 10pm. Then you go to bed, sleep all night, get up in the morning, and you don't find a load until 7pm and you have to drive all night for a morning delivery. Then you might go 3 or 4 days with daytime runs. You don't really settle into one routine. You learn to get your sleep when you can and in all times during the day or night. When I decide to sleep, it doesn't matter if it's light out or dark or how much noise there is. I just drop off like flipping a switch and when I get up I'm ready to roll.

Jpup
10-20-2008, 01:02 PM
I worked 3rd shift 11-7 for years and loved it. I now work second and still sleep like I'm on 3rd. I normally go to bed about 4 am. 2nd shift is the worse shift to work as far as doing anything. You can't have a life working 3-11. I have to DVR all the ballgames as well. 3rd shift is good if you go to bed as soon as you get home and get up about 3 or 4 o'clock.

When the kid is ready to go to school, I'm going to day shift or 3rd shift for sure. If you have kids, you don't want to work 2nd shift.

AmarilloRed
10-21-2008, 12:32 AM
I myself combine evening shifts and day shifts, sometimes consecutively. For example last Saturday I worked 2-11 PM, and then had to get up at 5 AM so I could start the Sunday shift at 7 AM. I ended up not getting any sleep Saturday night, and then ended up sleeping 16 straight hours after my shift was over Sunday night. This is what happens when you have open availability 7 AM-11 PM, seven days a week.

goreds2
11-02-2008, 09:37 PM
This is what happens when you have open availability 7 AM-11 PM, seven days a week.

I hope you are paid accordingly.