When you join a field like light industrial work or nursing, you’re accepting that shift work becomes a part of your life. In most cases, these schedules are split into three shifts – first, second, and third. While hours vary by company, typically you can think of it like morning to early afternoon, afternoon to late evening, and overnight.

In some positions you’ll be required to work a set shift which might rotate every so often with your co-workers, so no one is stuck on the same shift. In other situations, you might be given the opportunity to choose. Every shift has its pros and cons; here are four benefits in choosing to work the 2nd shift.