I worked nights for a total of 21 years.... and stopped only because my new job required an RN for 3/11 shift.
I didn't leave the night shift job because of the hours... there were many and varied negative things about that facility, and working nights made it bearable.
I LOVED nights, and I raised two children and a husband :wink2: while working them. I made sure I had a GOOD babysitter, and I made sure that I got my 8 hours of sleep each and every day.
I'm a night owl by nature, and my husband is a morning lark, but that made working nights easier....he always did the early morning stuff with the kids, and I always did the evening and late night stuff.
My kids didn't feel neglected or hard-done-by, and my family always took my schedule into account for holidays and such.
And I learned to unplug the phone before I went to bed!
Health-wise.... there was no real impact on my health due to working nights, I think because I was so religious about getting sleep.
Now that I work 3/11, I actually see the sun, and can work the occasional 9/5 when my DOC needs me in an Acting DOC capacity.
But working day shifts????
I don't wake up that early.