Do you find then the next day. How do you feel when you get up to the day shift?
I’m shattered and by the time the shift finishes at half past two ready to come home and normally I would sit on the couch and just sleep. Sometimes I’ll even climb into bed and just have a couple of hours sleep.
So how long do you think that messes you up for?
You know, about three days. It sounds a lot. Because of my age. I definitely think it’s because of my age.
Do you think when you were younger you would have recovered sooner?
They recover much sooner.
Is that something you talk about amongst yourselves?
We do talk about it. But I have just decided it’s because of my age, it takes me that much longer to recover from it.
So if you were having a normal, a normally disrupted night but in your own home do you think that would take you longer to recover from as well?
It wouldn’t take as long as the [place] one, because I’ve done two shifts don’t forget. I have done a late eight hour shift and then say I get of hours sleep and then I’ve got another seven and a half hours shift. That is quite a lot isn’t it.
And are you on your feet all the time?
You said next week you anticipate your sleep being really bad. Is that because you’ve got some shifts next week?
I have got some shifts next week. This week is good. I’m using this as a catching up process. Because I have been doing a lot of shifts and I have been away for the last two weekends doing things, so I have been really, really tired and I still feel very tired actually. So it’s good that I’m not working because if I want to sleep in the afternoon I will. And I do that often.
You do, because that’s something else I like to talk to people about is, you know, how they feel about day time sleep. So if you’ve had a particularly bad time, you will quite happily come home and sleep?
And you said sometimes you can go up to bed?
If I’m really tired I’ll just get into bed, otherwise I’ll just sit here and nod off for sometimes an hour and that’s all I need and I feel so much better and then I can carry on and cook dinner and all that sort of thing.
So is it something you plan to do then. Is it somebody saying right I’m really tired I am going to sit down now and go to sleep or does it overcome you?
It overcomes me quite honestly, Sue yes, I fight against it because usually there is so much to do, there’s the ironing to do or something to do or I might like to go and have a swim but sometimes it just over and over comes me and I think no, do you know what I’m learning as I’m getting older. I’m actually listening to my body and that’s something I’ve never done in my life. I’m so stubborn and I know I not going to give in, I never wanted to give in. No I have got to keep going. Now I’m listening. I’m saying okay no I’m not going to go. I’m going to have a rest now.