I am a nurse, a night shift nurse. I have worked nights now for seven years. I love it. I love the crews I have worked with. I mostly love all the residents. I love the environment. You have to be a little more autonomous when you work nights because you don’t have as many people backing you up. I think that is one of the reasons I don’t freak out quite as much. Night shift is responsible for making me into the nurse I am today. I am a proud night shifter.
Night shift is killing me.
My body is falling apart. I am constantly exhausted. CONSTANTLY. I can barely wake up before 4 pm. I have a terrible sleeping pattern, I can’t sleep through the night even on my days off. I have gained an enormous amount of weight because I eat horribly and at awful times. My body just isn’t doing well with night shift anymore.
I am at fault. I chose nigth shift. I have insomnia so I didn’t sleep through the night anyway. I figured, since I am always up I might as well work nights. Initially, it worked out perfectly. I got paid shift differential to work when I was awake anyway. But I am older now. My 30’s don’t seem to like this night shift life anymore. I am dragging into work each shift and tired by 2 am.
I wonder if it’s time to leave the night life behind?