Photo By: EatSleepWear
Written By: Marilee Devries
In the beginning, the new job is too exciting.
Just having a job is exciting. In my case, it’s producing a national entertainment segment for a live morning show — so, never a dull day in the office.
But eventually, a 12:30 a.m. start time begins to feel more and more like what it is: The. Worst. Every morning becomes a rude awakening. You’re still grateful for the job, and you still have fun at work. But it’s the getting there that’s become a problem.
I’ve been working an overnight shift for 2+ years now. At first, my biggest priorities were: don’t miss your alarm, and don’t get fat (that last one because my sweet tooth becomes especially dominant when I’m tired). Since I’ve managed both of those — besides the Weight Gain of December 2015, (but that had less to do with the night shift and more to do with the creator of this blog, with whom I was buying homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk cookies from The Senator daily for about a month) — I feel I can confidently share a few tips for Becoming A Successful Night Shifter.
Set multiple alarms.
I set four every night, about five minutes apart. *Side-note: keep them instrumental. I used to wake up to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”, but it didn’t take long before that particular party made me want to kill somebody.
Convert to coffee.
Try all you’d like to hold out, but tea just won’t cut it.
Pack a lunch.
The 24-hour McDonald’s is not where you want to be between the hours of midnight-5 a.m.
Brunch, brunch, brunch!
The worst part about night shifts is the toll it can take on your social life. So meet up with all friends who aren’t on a 9-5 and enjoy the added bonus of knowing all of the hottest brunch spots about town.
Get a Snuggie.
You’ll resist at first, but when the only thing keeping you awake is shivering from the air conditioning, you’ll realize the Snuggie keeps you totally warm and gives you the freedom to use your hands…so you can pretend you’re cozied up in bed, but still be productive!
Stop having pity parties for yourself.
This one is particularly challenging, especially in the wee hours of a chilly Thursday when your boyfriend texts you goodnight and heads to bed while you head to work.
Pick your outfit out before bed.
Saves. So. Much. Time.
And finally, think about all of the conveniences of finishing work at 9 a.m.
No scheduling headaches for dentist and doctors appointments! All the treadmills free at the gym! An uncrowded mall! Always having the perfect excuse to get out of weeknight engagements you’d rather not attend! And weekends that begin before everyone else’s! See, it’s not all bad.