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    Nightshift

    Looks like Iíll be starting a new job before the end of the month, 11pm - 7am. Wondering if any Hibees out there have any tips on working nights?

    Iíve done some night work in the past and I usually end up sleeping my days away, getting nothing done outside of work.

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    i work shifts. Nights I actually find easy. I struggle with earlys and trying to go sleep early. when I come off nights I usually go right to bed. mine are 9pm til 7am so I go to bed about 830am and get up about 230pm. on my last night I sleep 830 til about 2ish and then get up and just go to bed earlier.

    it helps that it's not permanent nights though.

    what is your line of work?

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    Say goodbye to any form of sleeping pattern you ever had, youll either sleep for scotland or wont sleep at all, im the latter. I do a mix of days and nights in the same week though so I never stood a chance. I sound grumpy, thats because im shattered

    11-7 isnt too bad though. You should get a bit of day before you go to work

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    Iím going to be constant Nightshift so donít have to worry about changing back to dayshift / backshift.

    After years of starting work around lunchtime I really struggle with standard dayshift ie 8am starts, I find myself half asleep until lunchtime and generally pretty unhappy.

    My Mrs works 9-5 so the biggest concern is still having time to see her, fitting in the gym and some daylight if possible. Also things like what time to eat etc.

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    I detested nights, I started them in the summer months years ago, came home at 8am to lovely sunny days so invariably stayed up far too long and never got into a sleeping pattern for months which totally knackered me. So.....my advice is get into a regular sleeping pattern straight away. donít be tempted to stay up to do other things and you will be fine.
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    Having worked various shifts over the past 25 years I quite enjoy nights. The one thing I have found is that as I have got older, recovering from the nights is harder.

    I try a short (4hr) sleep and catch up the next night.




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    Im similar to Mrs S, I mostly do 9-5 Mon to Thurs then nightshift 10-8 on the Friday, normally I get away between 6-7, home for a coffee then at most just a couple of hours sleep, the adrenalin of working in a busy A&E dept carries me through the shift then the come down helps me get a couple of hours, Ive never managed more than a couple of hours, been doing nights on and off for over 15 years

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    Go to bed as soon as you can, after your shift have a quick bite to eat (if you like) but don't bugger about in the house, quick munch then just get to bed.

    Buy blackout blinds or curtains, they are a god send, especially during the light summer months.

    If you have a bedroom at the quiet side of your house/flat then sleep in there during the day

    On your day off get up about lunchtime and stay up then you'll sleep at night meaning you get to enjoy your day off.

    It might not seem like it but you get used to it, I've been doing permanent nights now for over 3 years. I love it, driving to/from work is great as theres very little traffic.

    Where are you going to be working?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermit Crab View Post
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    Go to bed as soon as you can, after your shift have a quick bite to eat (if you like) but don't bugger about in the house, quick munch then just get to bed.

    Buy blackout blinds or curtains, they are a god send, especially during the light summer months.

    If you have a bedroom at the quiet side of your house/flat then sleep in there during the day

    On your day off get up about lunchtime and stay up then you'll sleep at night meaning you get to enjoy your day off.

    It might not seem like it but you get used to it, I've been doing permanent nights now for over 3 years. I love it, driving to/from work is great as theres very little traffic.

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    Thanks Hermit, some great tips here.

    My new work is only a 15 minute walk from my flat so can get home pretty sharpish.

    I was thinking of doing my gym sessions in the morning after work but Iíll try and fit these in evening time and just get home for a kip after reading your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagicSwirlingShip View Post
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    Thanks Hermit, some great tips here.

    My new work is only a 15 minute walk from my flat so can get home pretty sharpish.

    I was thinking of doing my gym sessions in the morning after work but Iíll try and fit these in evening time and just get home for a kip after reading your advice.

    Another thing is if your new job is hard graft then you'll have no trouble sleeping when you get home as you'll be knackered from your shift.
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    I don't work nights so just curious - is there a reason it's better to sleep straight after a nightshift? People who work days get up just before work then have their free time after work usually, I thought maybe it'd be same on nights? Just thinking that especially in winter there's not a lot of daylight around so I could see the benefit of making the most of the daylight time after your shift then maybe bed at 3pm, up at 10pm, shower and go to work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
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    I don't work nights so just curious - is there a reason it's better to sleep straight after a nightshift? People who work days get up just before work then have their free time after work usually, I thought maybe it'd be same on nights? Just thinking that especially in winter there's not a lot of daylight around so I could see the benefit of making the most of the daylight time after your shift then maybe bed at 3pm, up at 10pm, shower and go to work?
    Don't have any experience of nights so happy to be corrected but could be to do with seeing family/friends between 5 & 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy View Post
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    Don't have any experience of nights so happy to be corrected but could be to do with seeing family/friends between 5 & 10?
    Aye that would make sense right enough. Don't tell my wife and kids that that thought never crossed my mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
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    I don't work nights so just curious - is there a reason it's better to sleep straight after a nightshift? People who work days get up just before work then have their free time after work usually, I thought maybe it'd be same on nights? Just thinking that especially in winter there's not a lot of daylight around so I could see the benefit of making the most of the daylight time after your shift then maybe bed at 3pm, up at 10pm, shower and go to work?
    for me it's usually you are tired after you finish so it's easy to sleep and even if you wake up early you've slept for 5 or 6ish hours. then I get the chance between 4 and 8 to see my partner etc.

    I also work a mix of shifts so I try and just sleep when I'm tired too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
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    I don't work nights so just curious - is there a reason it's better to sleep straight after a nightshift? People who work days get up just before work then have their free time after work usually, I thought maybe it'd be same on nights? Just thinking that especially in winter there's not a lot of daylight around so I could see the benefit of making the most of the daylight time after your shift then maybe bed at 3pm, up at 10pm, shower and go to work?
    For me it was because my days were reversed. I worked 6pm-6am for about 10 weeks non stop. I would go to work, do my 12 hours then go home and go straight to bed, wake up about 3 and then head to work after the gym.

    I really enjoyed it but I wouldn't want to do it again.

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    When I had to do night shift work, I struggled at the weekends to start with. My working week started Sunday evening at eleven. The nature of the work meant suiting up for a cleanroom at the start of the shift and then suiting down at the end. During the winter months we didn't see any sunshine or natural daylight and that had an odd effect. But you get used to it.

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    When I had to do night shift work, I struggled at the weekends to start with. My working week started Sunday evening at eleven. The nature of the work meant suiting up for a cleanroom at the start of the shift and then suiting down at the end. During the winter months we didn't see any sunshine or natural daylight and that had an odd effect. But you get used to it.
    I think its down to the individual, I done a few night shifts when I worked at the Brewery, they were brutal, used to fall asleep on the bus home and when I got into bed I didnt get up until tea time. Nowadays I cope fine, normally a couple of hours is enough for me, up take the dog for a walk, shower then ready for the day ahead.

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    I fall asleep on the bus home all the time. Tbf its a fairly long journey. Stupidly travelled in uniform once and a guy woke me up to tell me i did a sterling job and did i want wakened up when we got to the hospital.
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    I fall asleep on the bus home all the time. Tbf its a fairly long journey. Stupidly travelled in uniform once and a guy woke me up to tell me i did a sterling job and did i want wakened up when we got to the hospital.
    I thought you were going to say he was going to give you a row for wearing your uniform to/from work instead of changing in the hospital...

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    I thought you were going to say he was going to give you a row for wearing your uniform to/from work instead of changing in the hospital...
    Im classed as community so.its okay but its something i never do, cant even remember what happened that I did that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. S View Post
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    I fall asleep on the bus home all the time. Tbf its a fairly long journey. Stupidly travelled in uniform once and a guy woke me up to tell me i did a sterling job and did i want wakened up when we got to the hospital.

    Mrs S in her nurses uniform. What a sight for sore eyes.
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    Mrs S in her nurses uniform. What a sight for sore eyes.
    Behave yersel, our uniforms are like tattie sacks.

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    Mrs S in her nurses uniform. What a sight for sore eyes.
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    Didn't mind it too much when I was single and life was work, sleep and boozer at weekends. For anybody trying to have any kind of family life nightshift is brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killiehibbie View Post
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    Didn't mind it too much when I was single and life was work, sleep and boozer at weekends. For anybody trying to have any kind of family life nightshift is brutal.

    I have a mrs and a young son, I manage ok.
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    I have a mrs and a young son, I manage ok.
    Depends how many nights you have to do and how long a shift is. Wait until you're doing school runs, football training, after school clubs, swimming lessons, etc, etc.

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    I was constant night shift for a while in a previous job and hated it, I finished at 7 and was usually in bed for 8 and awake at about 1, tried staying awake longer but couldn't manage, plus with my Mrs working during the day and then not seeing my wee boy I decided enough was enough, took a pay cut and went Monday to Friday 9-5 back with the nhs, was the best thing I ever done and in hindsight should never have taken the job to start with, now see the family more and actually get to do stuff with them

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    I was constant night shift for a while in a previous job and hated it, I finished at 7 and was usually in bed for 8 and awake at about 1, tried staying awake longer but couldn't manage, plus with my Mrs working during the day and then not seeing my wee boy I decided enough was enough, took a pay cut and went Monday to Friday 9-5 back with the nhs, was the best thing I ever done and in hindsight should never have taken the job to start with, now see the family more and actually get to do stuff with them
    With the NHS there are many jobs that suit the individual, particularly clinics which run 9-5 Monday to Friday. There are though many jobs within the service that suck the life out of you, I do 0830 till 1630 Monday to Friday, 0900 till 1700, 0900 till 1930, night shifts then every 10 weeks I work 12 days straight without a day off, its the service though and I just have to get used to it, the hospital never shuts 🥺

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    With the NHS there are many jobs that suit the individual, particularly clinics which run 9-5 Monday to Friday. There are though many jobs within the service that suck the life out of you, I do 0830 till 1630 Monday to Friday, 0900 till 1700, 0900 till 1930, night shifts then every 10 weeks I work 12 days straight without a day off, its the service though and I just have to get used to it, the hospital never shuts 🥺
    When I first worked for the NHS I worked a shift pattern and it wasn't so bad as the night shifts were every 4 or 5 weeks, going onto constant nights when I left killed me, suit some people but not me, mon-fri was the best thing that ever happened to me work wise!

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