The sleep schedule is a pain in the ass. I dont think I mentioned it but this fall I'm planning on quitting entirely.
Usually I work from 18 to 06. Its alright, if I sleep to like 12 AM I can do that without an issue. But because I dont work full time I have many days off and my social life would collapse completely if I didnt turn it around again. (otherwise I would literally be a freaking bat who slept whenever it was bright and everyone was awake).
Sometimes I have a shift from 23:00 to 09:00. Thats the hard one. I used to work at the post office before and I got up at 6 AM every day. It fits me perfectly, Im definitely a morning person. So I literally cant sleep for longer than like 11 or 12 AM. And neither can I take naps during the day because thats not how I function. So whenever I have a 23-09 shift I usually stay up for 24 hours altogether. Its not healthy, I know, but luckily it wont be for much longer.
Some people love it. And its easy for them because it suits their sleep schedule. Im just not a night person. I dont think it will ever be that way. I do like the 18-06 shifts because I am in constant movement, it makes me stay awake rather than just sitting down stationary (which I normally do in the 23-09 shift). Im not gonna lie, I always have an energy drink at around 3 AM to keep me alert. After all, Im driving around in a car that belongs to the company and I need to stay put for any dangers.
Whenever I work night shift I go to sleep whenever I get home. (I just grab something to eat and then immediately go to bed). Its sometimes hard because its so bright outside, but normally I make my room as dark as I can and I just lay down, and in about 20 mins im asleep. After all I often stay up for longer when I have my night shifts, so I am usually knackered when I finally get home.
But yeah TLDR I hate the night shifts. Because the job is very fun it evens up. But mentally I dont feel on top most of the time. Its something with the day that just makes me feel so good, and if I cannot experience that, I start feeling anxious.