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Posted: 12/23/2005 12:16:11 AM EDT
Mostly for the 3rd shifters here...

I've worked 3rds for about 10 years now, but still have problems staying awake on a slow night.

Do any of you do anything out of the ordinary to stay up?

Poll coming
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:17:44 AM EDT
IBTP


and Tea/coffee
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:19:35 AM EDT
Caff powder and eph powder


make a nice pill with about 60-80mg caff and 25 mg ephedrine...add some aspirin for effect and serve.



costs about 25 cents per pill.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:20:08 AM EDT
Thinking of the woman I love.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:20:47 AM EDT
Whenever I work graveyard I take about a week to adjust, then its just like normal. I dont like graveyard unless there are a lot of people up at the same time and place, I hate being alone as much as I hate crowds.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:20:54 AM EDT
I am a shift sup. 1730-0600, and this week, due to Christmas, I have to work 5 12 hrs shifts. I have been drinking the hell out of some seriously strong coffee to stay awake.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:21:13 AM EDT
You forgot all of the above in your poll
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:21:41 AM EDT
Hookers and blow.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:23:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 12:24:43 AM EDT by Sagus]

Originally Posted By FredM:
Caff powder and eph powder

make a nice pill with about 60-80mg caff and 25 mg ephedrine...add some aspirin for effect and serve.

costs about 25 cents per pill.



If that works like those yellowjackets/old minithins, that would put me in the dirt - messes me up good.

Sorry - I did miss "All of the above".
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:28:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sagus:

Originally Posted By FredM:
Caff powder and eph powder

make a nice pill with about 60-80mg caff and 25 mg ephedrine...add some aspirin for effect and serve.

costs about 25 cents per pill.



If that works like those yellowjackets/old minithins, that would put me in the dirt - messes me up good.

Sorry - I did miss "All of the above".



yellow jackets suck....expensive as hell per pill they were much more csaff then you need....some people are more or less sensitive to caff....most of thise pills have like 200 g because caff is so cheap....eph is expensive...you need to find a good balancing point or other wise you will just get the shakes and lose the edge.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:28:42 AM EDT
Toofpix
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:38:52 AM EDT
Missing: Natural night person.

My internal clock has been fudged up since I was a kid. I work second shift now but I still can not goto bed until about 8am.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:02:53 AM EDT
Insomnia.

The real question should be "how do you go to sleep"?
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:06:07 AM EDT
I don't have any problems on 3rd shift, done it for 10 years.

I sleep when I get home, good and long, and stay awake all night. Not a big deal, but I know other people have a problem with it.

I'm VERY dedicated to my schedule tho, I don't mess it up or screw with my sleep cycles.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:07:12 AM EDT
I've been either 3rd shift or a Night Shift since the mid-80's.

How do I stay awake?

As of late I keep a radio on the entire 12½ hours I'm on. And for most of the rest, when I'm not busy I'm on the net. Usually here. When Arfcom gets dull I may read a novel, book magazine, whatever. Twice a night I take a walk around the office building I work at. Each time take a nice half hour. And sooner or later there is something that makes me get out of my chair.
In the end I’m almost always just busy enough to stay awake.

And then I get home where I have trouble getting to sleep.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:14:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Insomnia.

The real question should be "how do you go to sleep"?



+1

Staying awake is easy, going to sleep is the hard part!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:21:51 AM EDT
I don't drink coffee, don't smoke, quit caffeine.... so on slow nights I read..... mostly gun stuff or horror novels.

No Expert
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:22:59 AM EDT
I'm a natural night owl.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:25:49 AM EDT
Stretching, walking, and pushups, can't do the sugar caffine thing it's to up and down.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:34:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kooter:

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Insomnia.

The real question should be "how do you go to sleep"?



+1

Staying awake is easy, going to sleep is the hard part!

That's what I should have said!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 2:33:14 AM EDT
On my rotating 2 days off, when I get off work the first day, I tend to stay up all day until about 7 or 8pm...so around 24 hours. Just so I can spend some time with the wife...but it's starting to wear on me.

I'm thinking after we buy our first house in May 06, I need to just keep a 3rd shift schedule on days off.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:04:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Insomnia.

The real question should be "how do you go to sleep"?



+1
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:07:04 AM EDT
I play BF2 all night long. :P
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:10:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:22:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 3:23:00 AM EDT by FredM]

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
A stint in the military.

It taught me to grab sleep where I can and I don't need it all at one time. Use to pull a 48 hours straight often.



College and finals will teach you the same thing. Especially in grad school if your prof is a prick and uses you for slave labor.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:25:43 AM EDT
Sunflower seeds. try it
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:28:22 AM EDT
That's why jets have auto-pilots
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:29:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 3:30:40 AM EDT by tpsh]
I've been on mid's for almost ten years now. When I need to stay awake I drink a few bottles of beer water, it's hard to sleep with a full bladder.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:37:23 AM EDT
Put in a big dip of chew. You'll only fall asleep with that stuff in your mouth once.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:13:52 AM EDT
jump in the pool and do a few laps. Other than that coffee or hot tea.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:35:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDunstan:
Hookers and blow.



cocaine's a helluva drug!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:02:12 AM EDT
SIMPLE!!!



Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:22:06 AM EDT
Tea
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