Working night shifts are hard work, especially if you are not able to get any decent sleep during the day before your night shift starts. Having to face 12 hours of working through the night is bad enough, without the added problem of barely being able to stay awake.
When I used to work night shifts, I would often be woken up during the day by one of my neighbours who just sat in doors all day playing drum and bass as loud as he possibly could. He was a t**t. And, to be fair, probably still is.
But what are the five essential items you need before starting your long and emotionally draining night shift?
1. A decent torch. You cannot be expected to work through the night if you cannot see what you are doing, right? That’s why a torch is an essential bit of kit for anyone who is going to be embarking on a night shift. We have found one for you for under £10.
‘This is a great torch for the price and exactly what I needed for dog walks on the field at 5am. It’s small enough for your Jean’s pocket, but reassuringly weighty, giving it a quality feel. The beam casts a very bright wide illumination but you can also adjust it to narrow the field right down to aim at something in particular. Using the batteries that came with it so need to add some longer life batteries (3xAAA) in order to comment on battery life. All in all a powerful little torch’ – Adam.
Buy it from Amazon for 9.99
2. Morale. Ok, so you cannot ‘buy’ morale, but you can buy something that will help you to keep your morale levels relatively high which, when working a night shift, is vital. So we have found a book that should help you to keep your levels of morale relatively high. The book is called: ‘What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions’
‘I love this book! It is both hilariously funny, and thought provoking, and educational all at the same time as well as giving you all sorts of “did you know” stories to bore your friends and family for months!
Its a total dip-in book. The short chapters (3-6 pages) are pretty much random, and cover all areas of science. I’ve learnt stuff about genetics that I never realised, as well as radioactivity, the periodical table and much more besides, as well as chuckling away and giggling and generally annoying people right through Christmas Day.’ – John Birch
Buy it from Amazon for 8.19