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Old 08-11-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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OK....

New job, low man on the totem. So, I'm pulling graveyard for awhile. I have a few days to prepare myself for the schedule shift. Is there any smart way to prepare oneself for the 10p-6a shift? Even after a lifetime of "wake up at 6 a.m., go to bed at 11 p.m.?"
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Just curious? How old are you and what's your family situation? I found I was able to do it in my younger (and single) days. I tried it once 20 years later, with wife and kids and couldn't handle it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Start taking methamphetamine. I believe that is how most graveyard shift workers in Las Vegas cope.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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whew...my first REAL job at the end of highschool was with the Rock Island RR as a relief yard clerk...they were nice enough to start me whjile I was still in school with three weeks on geraveyard.....I damned near died.....I would rather open a vein .....and I have no earthly idea how to prepare.... my condolences
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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Do it in segments, a hour a day, start eating your meals later.
Think of it as your traveling to another country, that is 12 Hours ahead,
you need to get your mind around that time difference, and condition your body as well

Watch-list: food, and sunlight
these are the things that control your 'inner time'

Jonathan
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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No real way to prepare for the first night other than try to nap for a few hours before your shift, then gut it out. Eat something small after your shift before you sleep. Tylenol PM or melatonin may help you sleep longer until your body adjusts to daytime sleeping. Blackout curtains or sleep masks help a lot also, as do ear plugs if you're sensitive to noise.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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Graveyard shift... how to prepare
If applicable, top story apartment for hopefully less noise . . but pretty much a "luck of the draw" situation. Tape aluminum foil on bedroom and bathroom windows to block light. Foam earplugs.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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My wife and I did 8 years of grave yard in Las Vegas. Can't recall the first day of it but overall you just get used to it, because you have to. You just change things around a bit. Like, when most people are getting up and going off to work, we were giong home and having dinner.

And it helps to keep your bedroom as dark as possible when sleeping.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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A couple of these while working.

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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You can't really prepare for it...you just do it. I usually came home at 6 am, had some dinner, sometimes took a shower, watched some tv, you really don't get to sleep until around 8am or so sometimes...then I usually woke up around 2, did some stuff...worked out, whatever, usually stopped at Starbucks on the way to work for a Venti Americano, with an add shot. Sometimes I did catch up on sleep, like once a week, you really take a longer nap. You just never seem to get enough sleep...did it for four years, when I worked a part time job at night, along with my full time job during the day.
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