Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Fighting Traffic, No Normal Sleep

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Fighting Traffic, No Normal Sleep

Article excerpt

About a decade ago, the Boston-based news radio program I worked for needed an overnight editor.

The boss tapped me.

Ugh.

While I had pulled a few "all-nighters" during college - working on term papers until the morning light - I had never pulled it off in the workplace.

I kept mum, being a diligent employee, and began working the 10 p.m to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week.

As it turned out, the hours had pluses and minuses. The pluses: no traffic-plagued commute, and the freedom to do what you want during the day.

The minuses: Trying to sleep in daylight, lead a normal life on the weekends, and determine just when to eat, and which meal.

The sleep issue was the biggest drawback. I felt like some modern- day Nosferatu. At the end of my shift, I'd rush out the door after work, race home before the traffic picked up, and climb into bed in hope of falling asleep before sunrise. …

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