Monday, March 8, 2010

Non-Adventures of the Graveyard Shift

People often tell me, "I don't know how you can stand to work a graveyard shift."

To tell the truth, I enjoy working this shift. I often feel like the only person in the world. At least from 1AM to 6AM.

The only issue I had was a little trouble sleeping in the evening. I need a near total darkness in order to sleep well, and that's hard to achieve at 3PM. I covered my windows, but there was still light entering the room.

My solution? It's a common one, I know, but it's a first for me.

I bought a sleep mask. Best $8 I've ever spent. The two evenings since my purchase I have slept amazingly well.

It's comfortable, adjustable, doesn't get in the way (I'm a side-sleeper), and a little sexy as well. No, really, I put on the mask and I don't know what's going to happen to me. Gives a little sense of fear, but more sexy. Supposedly fear is sexy, too, but I've never experienced that and I just don't believe it.

I really, really enjoy having a sleep mask.

And working the graveyard shift is great. I have cleaning to do, and other responsibilities later in the shift, but I usually end up with four hours to myself. I can do homework or mess around on the internet.

I love demotivational posters, by the way. Hilarious. Oh, and the webcomic Amazing Superpowers is, well, amazing. And laugh-out-loud funny. Good thing no one's around to hear me laughing in the dead of night.

By myself.


Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs said...

I work graveyard too. But it was not until 7 months ago when i had this shift.

My solution? I covered all my windows with silver aluminum and hanged a thick curtain :)

Adam said...

Nice! I hadn't considered using aluminum.

I still like the sleep mask, plus it will be useful when I want to sleep while traveling! :)

julie said...

Funny...I struggle to sleep in perfect darkness. Huh. I'm glad you found an easy and inexpensive and sexy (???) solution. :)

My cousin loves the graveyard shift. She hates waking up early and loves staying up late, so it works for her. And, it's nice that you have the time to do homework. Woohoo!

Adam said...

Yeah, the homework time is nice. I get two, sometimes three, uninterrupted hours to do homework. Very handy.

KB said...

I liked working overnight back when I was a beginning journalist. I had to crash as soon as I got home at 6 a.m. I loved waking up in the afternoon, going to the gym and doing errands when everything was wide open. It was nice being different.

Adam said...

@KB: Exactly! Of course, I have classes right after I get off at 8AM, so I go to sleep at 2 or 3 and wake up at 10. I miss a lot of events, and going to movies can be a chore, but I like the schedule.

Plus, I don't spend as much. Bonus!