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Old 05-13-2013, 06:59 PM
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I've been working a late day or night shift as long as I've been working (sold newpapers as a kid on the corner at night), now at 50 am thinking of taking a day shift to be with my young children (3&5) a little more. My big problem is getting to sleep early enough to get a good solid 7 hrs or so. Where I work an am tour would start at 5:45 am meaning I'd have to be up by 4:45 the latest. Getting to sleep by 10pm is almost impossible for me, not sure if it's just a body clock thing or what but misnight is far more easy to knock out for me.

Any ideas( no sleep aids) or am i just better off sticking with what works and having more me time?
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Night shift worker myself. I find it hard to adjust to a day schedule as well.
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I always preferred the later work hours and 3rd shift was a perfect fit for me. But with my kids came a lot more obligations/responsibilities. I've found the best family quality time takes place in the morning (at least in our house) so I've adjusted my life around that.

It was difficult at first, but I adjusted quickly, and now find myself a morning person who can't wait to jump out of bed early in the morning to get a headstart on the day.

I guess my point is the transition is an easy way to gain more family time, and the fact that you're asking these questions suggests that you're the type of person who can pull it off if you really set your mind to it.
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Night. Prefer to stay up late and sleep in. Prefer to work at night as well.
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I just stay up late and get up moderately early.

IMO, you have the right idea to try and be around the kids more. The time passes quickly and then they are gone. Give the regular day job a try for a year, you probably will adapt.
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What is this "sleep" of which you speak?



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Old 05-14-2013, 02:35 AM
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Real question is.. you are FIFTY years old, and have a 3 and 5 yr old ? WHAT the hell took you so long ?????????
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you can call the shift I work, the in between. Up at 2:30, at work before 3. There until 2 pm. I usually get 5-6 hours of sleep max. Sometimes, I get a nap before the wife gets off of work. Its a body clock issue. Once your body gets adjusted to the new sleep schedule you'll be just fine. Usually takes about 6 weeks.
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I am a morning person. Regardless of the day of the week i am wide awake by 5:30


Other side of coin, i am normally lights out by 10:30
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Real question is.. you are FIFTY years old, and have a 3 and 5 yr old ? WHAT the hell took you so long ?????????
I thought the same thing, I'm 53 and have a 16&15 and thought that was late. God Bless ya 08087.

I'm a 04:45 waker upper, Asleep by 21:30ish.
50 Mile commute each way, in the office by 6 AM and home at 5PM, just in time for Scouts and Ball Fields :-)

Do it, If you can be home at a decent hour and spend time with the children, again do it. get prepped for those 3 nights a week at the ball fields that are coming up.

Your body will get used to the new schedule.
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Originally Posted by mduran View Post
Real question is.. you are FIFTY years old, and have a 3 and 5 yr old ? WHAT the hell took you so long ?????????
Some older members will know the story, here's the readers digest version.

Wife and i didn't want kids, one day her clock started ticking and she also wondered why she never got prego. Went the Dr. And found out she can't have kids.

She asked if we could foster a child as a way of seeing if it would work for us, being she's about the best wife a guy could have I agreed, we went to our classes and soon we brought home a 10 month old in need of a home.

(Fast forward and cutting juch of the detail)

Here we are a few years later with a 5 and 3 yr old adopted children, both daughters that I can't think of starting a day without.

Ps they are both perfectly healthy, happy and fun kids.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
I thought the same thing, I'm 53 and have a 16&15 and thought that was late. God Bless ya 08087.

I'm a 04:45 waker upper, Asleep by 21:30ish.
50 Mile commute each way, in the office by 6 AM and home at 5PM, just in time for Scouts and Ball Fields :-)

Do it, If you can be home at a decent hour and spend time with the children, again do it. get prepped for those 3 nights a week at the ball fields that are coming up.

Your body will get used to the new schedule.
Damn.. you're a late one too... I am 46 and have a 16 and 14. And I thought I WAS A LATE one... When I am 50, they will both get the boot in the ass to get out of my house !!
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With young kids, up early and to bed early shouldn't be hard to do. That is easy for me to say as I am a morning person.
M-F up at 4:20 am, out of the house at 4:55 am and in the office at 5:50 am; home by 7 pm most days and in bed by 9:45 pm.
On the weekends I usually sleep in until 6 am, unless we are fishing earlier than that.
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Typically in by 10PM alarm goes off at 4AM.
Never seem to get enough slee............ .



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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
Some older members will know the story, here's the readers digest version.

Wife and i didn't want kids, one day her clock started ticking and she also wondered why she never got prego. Went the Dr. And found out she can't have kids.

She asked if we could foster a child as a way of seeing if it would work for us, being she's about the best wife a guy could have I agreed, we went to our classes and soon we brought home a 10 month old in need of a home.

(Fast forward and cutting juch of the detail)

Here we are a few years later with a 5 and 3 yr old adopted children, both daughters that I can't think of starting a day without.

Ps they are both perfectly healthy, happy and fun kids.
that is such a great story.. but you are SCREWED with girls !!
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
Here we are a few years later with a 5 and 3 yr old adopted children, both daughters that I can't think of starting a day without.
Ps they are both perfectly healthy, happy and fun kids.

Awesome, good for you!

Now get on the day shift!
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My grandfather worked 32 years at Timken Bearing - all of it on a rotating two weeks days, two weeks mid, two weeks graveyard . . then start all over again. Always kept some lifestock on the side.
He did machinery repair and maintainance, and they wanted to keep the down time spread across all three shifts. Oh, and he commuted about 60 miles each way, most of it before interstates.

Its amazing what you can get used to.
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Day person. Im asleep by 8:30 pm and up around 4:30am everyday.
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Day person. I usually go to bed at 10ish and don't sleep well most of the time up between 3-5am everyday.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:11 AM
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I bet there are lots of working people that like myself, only get between 5-6 hours a night (closer to 5 usually). I catch up with short naps on train ride to work, while watching TV in the mid-evening, etc. Time is a finite resource, 7 hours of straight sleep is a luxury I do not have.
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