Reasons to quit night shift (Samples)

In this brief blog post, we will provide examples of reasons to quit night shift.

Reasons to quit night shift

There are many reasons to quit night shift, and they are all valid reasons.

For researchers and scientists, working overnight or as the night shift could potentially have negative repercussions on your overall health.

According to the University of Colorado at Boulder, it is believed that eating by night and sleeping by day can alter more than 100 key proteins in your blood, including the ones that influence sugar, your immune system, and metabolism. 

In addition, this could lead to being more prone to developing diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer.

However, for most night shift workers, there is a monetary reason as to why they stay in the night shift since it is paid at a higher hourly rate.

According to Nicole Lyn Pesce from Market Watch “About 15 million Americans work full time on evening shifts (until 11 p.m. or so), the night shift (often 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), rotating shifts (taking turns covering continuous 24-hour shifts, like in hospitals, running two or three shifts per day), or other irregular schedules.

Most are blue-collar workers like police officers and firefighters, nurses, bartenders and food servers, manufacturing plant employees and transportation workers.

And toiling overnight takes its toll on them.”

The World Health Organization back in 2007, classified night shift work as a “probable carcinogen” since it is known to interrupt the body’s circadian rhythm which is believed to signal the cells in our bodies to produce certain hormones.

In addition, it is said to be associated with bad habits such as smoking or eating junk food but it can also represent higher stress levels, anxiety, and depression. 

Therefore, if you have started to feel depressed, anxious, gaining weight, having migraines, lack of sleep or sleep disorders, stress, digestive problems, among others, then you do not need any more reasons to think about quitting the night shift.

Even though quitting seems like the only way, it is recommended first to talk to your boss and see if they agree to make changes to your actual schedule, if not, then here are some samples on resignation letters for some of the reasons to quit night shift.

Sample 1 reasons to quit night shift (Stress)

“Hanson Reginald

Manager, Post Upton Corporation

100 Broadway Lane

Dear. Mr. Reginald,

This letter is to inform you that I will be resigning my position from Post Upton Corporation immediately due to stress. Over the past several months, I have felt my health decline rapidly and I finally sought out a medical opinion. After a battery of tests, my doctor has determined that my stress is significant enough that I must be pulled out of work and allowed to rest.

I am very saddened by this as I enjoyed my job, the people I worked with and the company I worked for. You and the management staff had made my tasks enjoyable, for the most part. Please understand that this is a general sort of stress that is not attributed specifically to my job. For the company’s education and files, I have included a copy of a note from my doctor regarding my condition.

If you need my input on certain daily tasks, please feel free to call me at home. But I would ask that you limit the calls to allow me to rest. You can reach me at 555-322-3422 or email me at Please pass along my best wishes and thoughts to everyone at the company.

Sincerely Yours,

Brenda Gard”

Sample 2 reasons to quit night shift (Health issues)

“This letter is to inform you that I, ‘Name of employee’ am submitting my resignation letter, effective immediately. Due to ‘Detailed reason for resignation for example health issue’, I do not know if and when I will be able to work again.

My time here at the ‘Name of Organization’ has been well spent as I have been able to experience and learn a lot from the different opportunities provided to me. I would like to thank the employees of the organization for making my time at work comfortable. However, my health does not allow me to continue working at the organization.

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity of working at ‘Name of Organization’. I hope you understand my situation and accept my resignation letter. Please consider today, ‘Date’ as my last official day at this organization. Looking forward to your positive response.”

Sample 3 reasons to quit night shift (a better job)

“In most countries, it is unacceptable to be an employee of more than one organization on a full-time contract. Therefore, if an employee accepts another job contract, they are required to seek immediate resignation from their previous organization.

Below is a sample letter:

Dear ‘Name of Manager’,

This letter is addressed to you as an immediate resignation letter. For the past ‘period of time’ that I have been a part of this organization, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work life. This job has provided me a great deal of knowledge and helped me enhance my abilities.

However, in order to further advance in my career, I have decided to accept a job offer from another organization. Therefore, please accept this letter as my resignation letter and consider today, ‘Date’ as my last official day at this organization, as per the laws set by the organizations regarding the one full-time job per employee.

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity of working at ‘Name of Organization’. I look forward to your positive reply.”

Sample 4 reasons to quit night shift (personal reasons)

“Some situations and incidents that occur in peoples lives can cause them to resign from work immediately. For example, in situations where they are required to give all their time to an issue in life such as a sick family member or their own health issues. The employee is required to submit a letter of resignation to their organization.

Below is a sample letter:

Dear ‘Name of Supervisor’,

I, ‘Name of Employee’, ‘Job Position’, am submitting this letter as an immediate resignation letter. I have been a part of this organization for the past ‘number’ years and have experienced a wonderful time. There have been many opportunities provided to me to enhance old skills and gain new ones. I was able to maintain a great work relationship with the employees of ‘Name of Organization’ and did not have work-related issues.

However, due to a recent incident where ‘Details of the reason for resignation example, my family member was involved in an accident’. This incident has made me decide to resign from work as I will have to give all my time and attention to this issue. I will not be able to work for a long period of time, starting immediately. Please consider today, ‘Date’ as my last day of work and accept my resignation letter.

I thank the organization for providing me with the opportunity to learn and excel in my career. I look forward to your positive response.”

Other sample resignation or leave letters

Below are some of the other resignation or leave letters we curated.

If you are looking for a job, you should also ideally start your job research on job websites such as Indeed.

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If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.

Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run program may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.