I am, by nature, nocturnal. I usually only see morning if I've stayed up all night. It's not that I go out drinking and carousing until five in the morning. In fact, I'm usually curled up in bed surfing the internet by midnight. It's just that when it comes to reading, writing, homework, etc., I work better after the sun's gone down. Being a grad student as well as an evening supervisor has only aided and abetted this trait. My classes and my shifts are all at night, leaving me free to sleep late.
This week has cemented what I already knew: I can't function earlier than noon. It's spring break at my college and most people decided to take off so I grabbed a bunch of extra shifts. The catch, however, is that the library closes early this week so all of those shifts started at either 9 am or 11 am. Neither of these times is good for me but I needed the money so I went with it.
It's been six days now and I am so dead tired that I'm practically useless. There's a dull ache in my head that hasn't gone away all week from lack of sleep and the drastic change in my schedule. I've been cranky and snappish for the last few days and am generally not pleasant to be around. Luckily for me, things go back to normal starting tomorrow. I get to sleep in for the first time all week. Even though this means that I have to go back to my mind-numbing classes, it'll be a relief to be back into my usual rhythm.
I'm worried though about what all of this is going to mean for me when I get out into the real world. I'm leaving my master's program at the end of this semester, which means no more loans. If I want to continue paying bills and eating food, I need to get an additional job which will pay me a decent wage. There are very few jobs I can think of that fit these qualifications and will still allow me to go on being a night person. The ones I can think of off the top of my head either involve factories or trips to the police station.
This suggests that I'm going to have overhaul my life in order to conform to society's notion that everyone should work early in the day and be able to do differential calculus at seven am. I'm not looking forward to this. Therefore, I am sending out a plea into the universe: anyone out there know of any respectable and well-paying jobs that offer hours for people who don't fit the stereotypical circadian rhythm?