Im a 23-year-old waiter with no college degree and a sleep disorder that causes me to sleep until roughly 3 pm. I want to make enough to support myself.
I have a disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome and it can make my sleep somewhat irregular but for the most part, I sleep from roughly 4am-3pm. Unfortunately, the only therapy that shows results for this disorder (light therapy) is non-responsive for me, so there’s very little I can do to fight it.
I have for most of my working life (so only a few years really) been a waiter. I was running my own cleaning company for a bit but the return diminished after about a year so I went back to waiting.
I love serving tables. I work in a fast casual family restaurant and for the most part, I really enjoy the work. I like earning what I make, and I like interacting with people and entertaining. Unfortunately, serving doesn’t really pay the bills (between 60 and 100 dollars a night, 3-4 shifts a week). and I can’t work doubles because of my sleep.
For a long time, I struggled to keep a job because I would sleep in. I would have a good month (waking up every morning) and get a job making decent money, mostly sales, but then I would inevitably be worn thin by my bodies natural cycle and sleep all day. And it’s still a fear in my life. I’m confident, capable, and a devoted learner but I just can’t work with the 9-5 life. Are there any jobs that pay well but don’t require me to get up in the morning?
I’m not looking to get rich, I just want to be able to start a career and support myself. I really want to move out and start a life, which doesn’t seem impossible. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll win the lottery 🙂
Edit: I’m willing to go to school, but would prefer a shorter program.