It’s interesting how holding a third-shift job will change your regular routine. When I first signed up to work a third-shift job, I was worried about how it would fit into my routine. However, the job had a great description, great pay, and was only five minutes away from where I lived. With all those factors in mind, (along with the fact that they offered it to me) I decided to take the plunge, and see if I could make this 3rd shift schedule work for me.
Once your body gets used to the schedule, it’s surprisingly easy to stay awake from 11pm to 7am. I never imagined that staying up in the middle of the night would ever feel as natural as it currently does. It’s actually amusing that as long as I don’t have class, or anything else that requires me to be awake in the daytime, I actually can go weeks without being outside when the sun is out. Though, it took a couple weeks to get into the habit of being awake in the middle of the night.
You’d be surprised at how a third-shift job actually affects your sex life. I mean, after all, we aren’t awake at the same time anymore. We don’t go to bed at the same time. We don’t sleep together all that often anymore. With all of those things in mind, you’d have to imagine that it changes your sex life quite a bit, and yes, it does. You just don’t see each other the same amount that you used to. He’d try to adjust to my 3rd shift schedule, but he has to go to work during the daylight hours, so he has to stay on a “normal” schedule.
A lot of people have sex right in the morning or before going to sleep. Since we don’t go to sleep together, those time frames are gone for us. When I’m going to sleep, he’s just waking up. A lot of times, when I’m waking up, he’s just got a couple hours until he goes to sleep. With this, we don’t have sex nearly as much as we used to. I actually find myself missing him a lot, during the day. We don’t get as much cuddling time because we don’t sleep together either.
When the boyfriend sleeps, I hang out on my laptop in the living room writing up my reviews for the week. It’s actually cute, because the boyfriend has taken to sleeping on the futon in the living room, because he feels lonely if he isn’t in the same room with me. When I sleep while he’s home, I sleep on the futon too. Even if we aren’t actively cuddling, it’s still nice to know that the person you love is nearby and there to “protect” you.
Along with messing up sleep schedules and taking away time to be with one another, it’s a bit harder to get on a regular eating schedule too. After all, my lunch and dinner are at about 1AM and 6AM. I rarely end up eating regular meals because of this. I end up snacking instead, and I’ll eat my “breakfast” when the boyfriend eats his dinner.
Getting the proper amount of sleep is awkward too. After all, when I need to sleep, the rest of the world is just waking up and has things to do. I like hanging out or doing exciting things with other people, so it’s really tempting to just stay awake. I know it’s not the best to stay awake, but at the same time, it’s really nice to be around other people. Making sure to get the proper amount of sleep is one of those things that most 3rd shift workers face.
I enjoy my 3rd shift job though. It’s a great job, and I like working there. At the same time, it requires me to “schedule” what used to be my normal, fit-in-as-we-go functions like eating, sleeping, or having sex with the boyfriend. It takes a bit of getting used to, and it’s a bit of a hassle, but if you can find a good 3rd shift job, it’s worth it.