How did you stay up? Coffee and energy drinks?
GOLD / cantaloupe / 6703 posts
I worked as a night aid for a 96 year old gentleman recovering from colon cancer surgery. I'd get to work at 10 p.m. and work until 7 a.m. I could sleep while he slept, but had to wake when he needed me (intercom system). On days when he was up a lot, I'd drink sodas to stay awake.
hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25049 posts
Yup, I worked from 3am to noon at a TV station once. Coffee, soda, chocolate. I just ate a lot, honestly. Food helps me stay awake.
persimmon / 1479 posts
I work 7pm-7am as a nurse. Caffeine, food, and keeping busy!
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39502 posts
@mediagirl: DH has a week of 12 hour overnight shifts! I think I will throw some extra snacks in his bag!
grapefruit / 4400 posts
I used to work at a Disney hotel, and started out doing swing shifts (3p-11:30p oor the like). It was actually perfect, because it was during my early college years, so I would work, go out and party, get home at 3am, and sleep until noon. Then I'd wake up and do it all again!
I worked graveyard at the hotel, too, and that sucked. I called out a lot and dropped an entire semester of classes
@mrsmenow: DH has a similar shift!
grapefruit / 4746 posts
Sort of unusual--I work for a morning TV show and my hours are 6:15 to 3:00. Waking up at 5:30 is tough, especially since I'm not a morning person but overnights are way tougher I'm sure! I mostly go to bed early because I don't really like coffee so I'm not much help, haha. I think extra snacks for energy is a good idea. Good luck to him!
@mrsmenow: glad to hear I'm not the only one who ate to stay awake!
@autumnlove: Ugh... Yes! Food!
@MrsSCB: You're so lucky you don't have to go in earlier! Our news started at 4:30!!
pomegranate / 3514 posts
Yep, I used to work 12am-8am. I sometimes had a soda but mainly ate snacks to help me stay awake.
blogger / pineapple / 12381 posts
My whole career has been weird hours. No caffeine, just keep busy and run on endogenous steroids!
nectarine / 2127 posts
I work 60+ hours a week 3 months out of the year. I take it easy when I'm home and make sure I get a good amount of sleep.
I also drink soda, though being pregnant, I'm limiting it much more than in the past.
grapefruit / 4136 posts
I worked overnights for a summer in college and it was AWFUL. Not for this girl! I am actually applying for a job that is 12p-8 or 9p (depending on the day). I was thinking about it and if I were to do that I'd actually have more time with J in the day than I do with my 8-5 job, especially since I'd miss all of the rush hour traffic.
@mediagirl: oh for sure! We start at 7:00 so it could be worse. I used the work for an evening show so from 2:00pm to 11:00 and being a night person, I actually preferred that
pomegranate / 3604 posts
I used to work 3-10:30 at one job & then 11-7am at another. Loooots of coffee, energy drinks, and I slept every chance I got. Of course I got pregnant and had to stop the energy drinks. Boo hiss.
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
At one job I worked 8p-6a, another 4a-2p 3 days a week and 2p-10p another 2 days. The former was fine because with the very rare request for me to work days (12p-8/10p) thrown in 8p-6a was my regular schedule, give or take an hour business depending. The latter was really hard because it was a set schedule, but the hours varied wildly. I survived on coffee, Red Bull and Cokes. I lasted almost a year on that schedule, but it was really hard on my body--I was constantly tweaking from the caffeine.
coconut / 8305 posts
Ugh yes! I worked noon to 8 MWThF & then 4am-noon every Saturday for over a year at the hospital! Those Saturday mornings were killer since the rest of the week my internal clock was shifted to staying up & waking later. If I got 3 hours a sleep Friday night I was doing good! I drank an energy drink omw to work & again at about 7am after we got breakfast.
On occasion I had to stay from my afternoon shift overnight to 7am to cover our night tech. Idk how I stayed up during those nights.... I just did! blegh.
I miss the hospital but most definitely don't miss shift work!
nectarine / 2163 posts
When I was in high school I worked after school (4:00 or 4:30) til midnight or 2am most nights. I drank a LOT of energy drinks. We've got this stuff here called V which has huge amounts of guarana and caffeine, and I basically lived off the stuff. That and the free fries my manager let us eat!
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16728 posts
Yup, about once or twice a month. I'm a scientist so my studies don't usually go as planned. So a 12 hour study turns into a 14 hour study. My DH knows that when I say I'll be an hour late, it means I'll be home in about 3 hours. The life as a scientist.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21593 posts
I never have, but my husband has. He says he just got used to it. I don't think I ever could!
You must login / Register to post
see more leaders...
No members yet for today
Ask for Help
Make a Suggestion
Frequently Asked Questions
Most Viewed Posts
Postpartum Care Essentials
Sensory Play Activities
Starting Solids Gear
Transitioning to Toddler Bed
Who We Are
About the Bloggers
About the Hostesses
Apply to Blog
Apply to Hostess
Submit a Guest Blog
How We Make Money