Have you ever lost your keys? House keys, car keys, keys to the safe, it doesn’t really matter. The sense of doom when you realise you’ve lost them, is second to none. Often was the time after finishing a punishing night shift, I and many others would be in the company car park at 6:00 a.m. all thinking they had lost their car keys. Hundreds of workers looking as though we were performing the famous ‘Haka’ searching jacket pockets.
The Effects of Working Nights
That’s the effect working nights has on you, especially the first night of the week. Such a simple task as reaching in your pocket for a key turns into mass panic. You’re convinced you’ve lost your keys and after the initial thoughts of walking home miles in the wind and rain, you notice you’re not the only one! Many other sleep deprived workers are in exactly the same boot. They all think they’ve lost their keys.
I met one poor soul who had just finished his first ever night shift, he had his keys in his hand but couldn’t figure how to open the car door, his mind was that frazzled! I hope he had an hour or two nap in the car before driving home. Another chap found a stranger sitting in his car, having a Ford the same colour as the stranger, these guys had pressed their key fobs at exactly the same time. This made him think the car lights that flashed were his and so opened the door and got in! Some red faces and apologies and it was all sorted in a few moments.
It’s always a great relief when you finally find your keys, usually where they had been all the time.
I wrote this in response to the WordPress Daily Post Relieved.