I've always been a night owl, in that if left to my own devices (without work or school or children, lol) I'd go to bed every night at about 2-3am and wake up about 9-10 am. I had taken time off from work with health issues (before children) and this was the schedule I followed, and was the happiest ever regarding sleep.
However, it's not reality for now, is it?
I can never get enough sleep now that I'm on night shift. I have to get sleep in blocks of two, three and (WOWWEE!!) four hours at a shot (that's a lucky one). I never dreamed a 7p-7a shift would be a problem for me, but it's a real struggle. The needs of the kids are such that sleeping all day is simply not an option.
At this point, I find that I go into a headachy, eyes-hurt, sleep-deprived state after several days of shift-sleeping, and I sleep for a deathlike 8 hours in a row on a day where I can have hubby take the kids. I have off a few days at a time, and that's when I try to make up all the sleep I've lost in the last four! Not pretty.
Am really REALLY hoping that this all works out, and my body adapts to less sleep overall, because the money is much better on nights and it screws up my family's schedule far less. And, of course, my NM isn't expecting to put me on days when the night shift is ridiculously understaffed as it is :uhoh21: