Training for the graveyard shift.Posted: June 5, 2012
I’ve been training, in short shifts, during the late afternoon and early evening, at my new job, for five days. Today I had the day off.
(I insist it is still “today” and still “Monday” because I haven’t gone to bed since waking up on June 4th.)
I’ve spent the last 16 hours doing two things:
1) deep cleaning and organizing my home
2) trying to adjust to the fully nocturnal routine to which I must very soon adapt.
It’s going okay. I took an hour’s nap on the sofa, at about midnight, but I’ve been productive since then, and I’m feeling wide awake now. I’ll need to go to bed in about two hours, around 8a. I’ll get up between 2p and 3p. (Then it will become officially Tuesday for me.)
Technichally, I don’t work on Tuesday either … I’ll be going in at 4a on Wednesday morning and working until 7a. (I’m not starting my shift at 11p, which will be the regular time, because I’m still in training mode this week.)
This is weird.
Yes, it’s close to my natural, preferred cycle, but I’ve spent much of the last 20 years trying to be awake when the rest of the world is too.
Keeping the day and date straight is going to be a bitch.