Working the night shift
Does anyone else work the night shift? I work 2am until whenever I get done which is normally around 11am. It makes getting anything done really hard. If you work night shift and find time to work out, how do you do it?
When the sun starts coming up is when it gets to me.. and wow 15 hours 22 days in a row had to suck! I get days like that around Christmas and Thanksgiving , besides the occasional bad day and it makes me feel awful.
I used to have a three shift job where the shifts were 7 am-3 pm, 3 pm-11 pm and 11 pm-7 am. I usually would have all three shifts mixed in just a few days, which sucked. Like Friday 11pm-7am, Saturday 3pm-7am (double shifts were common during the weekends), Sunday 3pm-11pm, Monday 7am-3pm. That's 40 hours of work in three days, but the worst part is you never get proper sleep. I sure didn't mind the paycheck after working night shifts in the weekends and having a lot of time off was nice but it was a relief not having to work night shifts anymore. Eventually the evening/morning shift mixing started to get to me too and I was constantly tired and was never able to create any routines.
Unfortunately there are studies showing that shift work and working night shifts are hazardous to your health in the long run, mainly because you don't get proper sleep, routines and eating habits and because you force your body into a cycle that's unnatural for it.
Like Anna I have worked a 3 shift work schedule. Like you I have done 9pm - 9am. I've also had 5am to 5pm shifts. One thing I've found is you just got to push pass the thought of "it's too hard". If you want it, you will get it. There are days when I am dead tired leaving work. But as soon as I get past my first set, it's on. I guess what I'm saying is you just got to do it no matter your circumstances. You want to be fit, you want to be stronger, faster. Then get it!
Since almost 30 years I'm working rotating shift: morning from 5am - 2pm, afternoon from 1pm - 10pm, nightshift from 9pm - 6am. Sundays I just have morning and nightshift: 5am - 6pm, 5pm - 6am
When I have nightshift, I usually get up after 4-5 hours sleeping, eat a little, wait for in about 1 hour and do my workouts. I have a nap before I go to work again.
I try to plan my workouts, so I have most of my rest days on nightshift. It's possible, cause I don't work 7 days a week, usually 4 days and 3 days two weeks later.