Years ago I began working at a hospital. I never wanted to work a day shift as a nurse assistant. I was married at the time so I began working a night shift. At first I was working five nights a week with each shift being 8 hours long. As much as I tried it really affected my sleep schedule.
When I divorced, I switched to being scheduled three nights a week with each shift being 12 hours long. However, because I was supporting my children without help and I was paying alimony to my second ex husband, I often picked up extra shifts.
Initially as a single mom the night shift really worked well. I would work a night shift and get the kids off to school. I would sleep while they were in school. I would try to get up before they got home to spend time with them before I went into work again. This way I only had 2 hours where I wasn’t “with” my children while they were awake.
As you already know… I am switching to day shift soon. Primarily it was because of my migraines. But I am going to be honest when I say I’m looking forward to a normal sleep schedule. Because, again, try as you might it will affect your regular sleep schedule. I can’t sleep most nights. I can be so sleepy and not get to sleep until about 4-5 in the morning. Which means I still sleep most of the day on my days off. I would like to be able to sleep normally.
As a single mom, I can’t be sleeping on the days the children are home. I feel really bad when the kids are tiptoeing around on my days off. It is one of the struggles I personally face as a mom. I really do hope this change in schedule will help my struggle. At least a little bit.