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night shift advice! help!!!

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bumblebeerat Thu 13-Nov-14 14:48:45

Hi all not sure this is the right place to put this.

I have been working for almost 3 months as a night care assistant working 8pm-8am 3-5 days a week and it's killing me. Don't get me wrong I like the job, I like the money and not having to pay childcare. It's just my youngest only goes to school 8.45-11.45 so I really don't get much sleep on the days my partners working. Plus from 3-5 I have the three children to look after.

I know it's only early days but I feel like a zombie. I've been ill with a cold and cough for 3 weeks now. Sorry I sound really whingy but I just wanted to know what I can do to cope? Or do some people never get used to it? Any advice would be great ��

Hedgehogparty Thu 13-Nov-14 16:13:43

Could you afford to drop some hours?
I think you are putting your health at risk through lack of rest.
Try changing shifts so your partner is around during the day to help more?

DonnaLymansSockPuppet Thu 13-Nov-14 16:21:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lougle Thu 13-Nov-14 17:48:21

Why did you think you could do that???

If people could do night shifts with day shifts there wouldn't be laws giving a certain number of hours between shifts.

bumblebeerat Thu 13-Nov-14 17:59:33

Well when I started it was only meant to be 2 days a week maybe 3 but they keep adding more then get really nasty when I say I can't do it. I'm a bank worker so I have no set hrs. One thing I know is this can't carry on

spekulatius Thu 13-Nov-14 18:55:38

If you work bank shifts you choose your shifts and days, you don't have to work unless you want to.

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