This morning I finished my second overnight shift. My first overnight shift was last year (2016) on New Years and it was extremely busy but worth the hectic paycheck. This morning I’m recovering from my second overnight shift, a Saturday night – busiest night of the week for overnights. According to the people who I was working with last night was also busy. I didn’t have anything to compare it to.
As I was preparing for work yesterday, I had woken myself up early and went to the gym to tire out my body so I could go back to sleep before 8 hours of work. Although I was already tired from not enough sleep two days before that, making falling asleep so much easier. It was a strange feeling waking up at 8pm and getting ready for work, one that I’m not used to. After arriving at work and getting the low-down about the close shift, they had a busy night and the place was a mess. 10pm came quickly and we started work, constant customers meant that all the jobs had to be done between serving customers/taking orders/stocking the store and cleaning.
It was a long night. The first wave of tired hit me when the other manager and myself sat down to close the stores’ system – it was about 2am. The next wave of extra tired I felt at 5:15am, 45 minutes before we finished our shift. Having thought I prepared myself enough with enough sleep was definitely not enough. I thought that before I went to sleep I should go to the gym and do something I like more productive with my day but by the time 6am came around, I was dead exhausted. I clocked off at 6:02am and drove myself home to sleep a good chunk of the day.
I don’t do overnights and only did this one to learn the management side of things – closing the system and completing stocktake. I have about 3 overnights coming up soon so this one helped me prepare for them. If anyone has any tips or tricks for overnight work – let me know! I’d love to hear your ideas and try them for myself.