Baker’s Hours

October 28, 2008

Baker’s Hours

Filed under: About Me — Admin @ 2:31 am
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Baker’s hours can be a rather flexible term. Among people in the industry it refers to the early morning hours around 4:00 in the morning when most bakers would start work to have breakfast pastries ready for sale when the bakery, or restaurant opens. Many bakers may chose to go a step further and work through the night finishing their day when the rest of the world is just waking up. One of my first jobs as a baker was working such a shift.

My day started off at 10:00 at night. I would work through the night like many others in my chosen field, finishing at 6:00 in the morning. I would then attend college courses from 8:00 – Noon before ending my day with an apprenticeship with a European Master Pastry Chef. As I look back on this ridiculously hectic time of my life, I realize that it was the hard work and sacrifices that I made then that has brought me to where I am now. Despite all the good in my life that has come as a result of that time, it also has its drawbacks.

As a result of the many long 20+ hour days I forced myself to endure, I now am a chronic insomniac. To be exact, I have what is called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, a common problem among shift workers. Put simply, while a normal person’s biological clock tells their brain to be active during the day, and sleep at night, my body clock tells my brain to be active during the night, and sleep during the day.

Now that I no longer work those over night shifts anymore, I have been able to acclimate myself to a somewhat “normal” sleep pattern. Still, there are nights when I lay in bed unable to turn off my brain; so, here I am starting this blog. Even though I no longer have to, I still seem to find myself working those Baker’s Hours. 


Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: The Fraggle Rock Theme 



  1. I don’t think Twittering and Blogging will help remedy your chronic insomniac.. but you can definitely hang out with all the other zombies online. 🙂 We’ll be waiting for ya!

    Comment by Daynah — October 28, 2008 @ 2:52 am

  2. Yay! Welcome to wordpress!

    Quite the improvement!!!

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: — October 28, 2008 @ 3:13 am

  3. I worked for years in nightclub/hotel/waitressing… sometimes I can get to bed early and wake up early, but if i miss that crucial fall alseep moment, i could easily stay awake way too late. Where were you a baker? I love to bake, pies, cakes and cupcakes! right now I’m baking up some sugar cookies.

    Comment by Joscelyne Cutchens — October 28, 2008 @ 3:14 am

  4. ok ok but do you still make yummy baked things?? If you answer yes you may become my new best friend …. wait … where are you going?


    Comment by adriennepalmer — October 28, 2008 @ 3:27 am

  5. Great opening post. I’m excited to see what you’ll be writing about!

    Comment by sophielynette — October 28, 2008 @ 3:33 am

  6. NctrnlBst makes the best desserts ever!! 🙂

    Comment by Daynah — October 28, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  7. I like his cookies 😛
    He makes awesome cookies, especially the chocolate chip! Yay NB!!!

    Comment by Usagi — October 28, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

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