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Odd-hour work shift

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Odd-hour work shift

Nancy Matos

Reader Question: “Financial stress and odd-hour work shifts can play roles in sleeplessness, too, Chervin added.”

Could you explain “odd-hour work shift”?

My comments: An “odd-hour work shift” is typically a shift worked outside the hours of 9am to 5pm, considered the norm for working hours. It really does depend on the individual, as what is considered odd for some is normal for others. But the unlucky person who has a job between the hours of 4 pm to midnight, for example, usually has a hard time trying to meet up with someone working from 9-5. As a result, maintaining friendships and relationships can be difficult with the overlapping schedules.

Another example of an “odd-hour work shift” is what is known as “the graveyard shift”, named such as these shifts involve dark, late hours. Some workers who do the odd-hour graveyard shift wake up at 8 pm and go to bed at 4 am, meaning they never see the light of day. It can be quite straining on the body and bad for one’s mental state as one doesn’t wake up with the sun.

If it wasn’t for people who worked “odd-hour work shifts” we wouldn’t have fresh bread in the morning, be able to fly overnight to various destinations in order to arrive bright and early the next day, or grab a carton of milk from the 24-hour grocery store.


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.