I'm finally, finally on days after several months of 7P-7A, 3 nights in a row. I realized long ago that this didn't work for me but had to do my time.
Although I'm truly a night owl, and staying up all night is no problem, I have great difficulty sleeping during the day. After a shift, I would usually not go to sleep until 12:00 or 13:00 and get 4-5 hours sleep before my next shift (splitting up shifts was not an option for personal reasons). The first day off was a mess - like jet lag - and for the next two days or so I was totally wiped out during the day... basically sleeping my days away. That left me, maybe, one decent day before it started all over again. Just awful.
Well, this nightmare ended 10/31 and I just worked my first three day shifts. It was hard, because I had a lot of trouble sleeping during the night
!!! In other words, my sleep-wake cycles are totally messed up and I wonder how long this will last
I know one thing, I'm done with nights (and was prepared to resign if I hadn't finally gotten days).
Other former night shifters: How long did it take you to re-adjust to a "normal" life? I'm still totally exhausted, although not quite as bad....
Thanks for any info!