So Ive been working on the graveyard shift for about 2 months no. 11pm to 7am. I will tell you this: sometimes it really fucking sucks. There are days when I feel like total ass at work. All I want to do is veg out and do nothing. Im in the Air Force and work munitions. So we regularly move ammo boxes ranging anywhere from 50 to 90lbs. No ridiculous heavy but when youre tired and unmotivated its a pain. There are also days when I feel pretty good but when I go home and crawl into bed about 8:30am I CAN NOT SLEEP and it pisses me off.
I find myself resorting to NyQuil or Benedryl sometimes. Also I have my wife lying next to me. She goes to her college classes 3 days a week and they start about 10am. She would lay there a good 5-10 minutes with the alarm going off if I didnÃ?Â¢??t kick her out of bed to go to school. I do it more so out of annoyance so I can have the room to myself and sleep.
Then there are the days when I sleep just fine. I Wake up when I want (usually about 4-5pm), and head off to gym before work with motivation and the energy I want to have in my system. By the time I grab some iron its about 8:45-9pm. I like the gym during this time. When I walk through the doors the last of the real devoted people are usually on their way out. Mostly high school kids there and they tend to stay out of my way (they seem to realize that weÃ?Â¢??re the military folks and we usually have a more serious look about us - not that I consider myself better than them which Im not. I have tried hitting the gym after work at about 8am but my energy levels are too low. Also, Im WAY too close to bedtime to be pounding some NO enhancer with gratuitous amounts of caffeine. So the before work seems to be best for me and the food I eat throughout work replenishes the nutrients from the labors at the gym.
So I want to know to those who work the odd hours, what do you do? What works for you? What are your work hours and when do you hit the iron? Likes and dislikes? Also, and more important, any advice to those of us that sometimes have to crawl by our fingernails to get into the gym sometimes when we want to but our system seems to say to ourselves - FUCK YOU, I AM TIRED!