xxv. Live with it?28 December 2005 at 05:16 | Posted in Circadian rhythm | 7 Comments
Tags: Disability, DSPS
People do! Some of them are, in fact, quite annoyed at words like sufferer and disability. They’ve found night work or flexible work. They are often geeks, artists, authors etc., who can be their own bosses. Some are happy with their rather ordinary swing shift or graveyard shift jobs and don’t aspire to being the daytime boss.
One I know about starts work at midnight. He does his daytime stuff after getting off work: shopping, health club, dental appointments; all between about nine and noon. He goes to bed at one p.m. without fail, seven days a week. Works out fine, he says.
The choice requires a lot of strength. Explaining it all ad nauseum to everyone doesn’t work, so you have to learn to let all sorts of “helpful” comments just roll by, stick to your guns and insist: “This is the way I am.”
Any significant other must accept it completely. Any employer must also learn that the occasional morning meeting or training session will not be acceptable.
I know I’m sounding a bit skeptical about this solution, but I’m worn down by decades of not knowing what the problem was. My education prepared me for day jobs only. Society wasn’t 24/7 in my day, and there wasn’t any Internet.
The great advantage, for those who manage this, is that they don’t waste energy and talent fighting against, apologizing for and messing up their innate rhythms. Go for it!