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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

When I first read this my first thought was, well DUHH!!!!!


Sleep and rest fight fatigue. Effects of fatigue are:
- reduced decision making ability,
- loss of memory or ability to recall details,
- reduced ability to do complex planning,
- increased tendency for risk-taking,
- reduced communication skills,
- increased forgetfulness,
- reduced productivity/performance,
- increased errors in judgment,
- reduced attention and vigilance,
- increased medical costs,
- reduced ability to handle stress on the job,
- increased accident rates,
- increased sick time, absenteeism, turnover,
- unable to stay awake,
- reduced reaction time, both in speed and thought (similar to being legally drunk),
- failure to respond to changes in surroundings or information provided

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User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Thread starter):
- unable to stay awake

Now thats gotta be the result of a multi-million dollar gov't funded study. It took quite a team of Nobel caliber scientists to determine that if you get fatigued, its hard to stay awake.

 Smile


User currently offlineESGG From Sweden, joined Feb 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

-reduced reaction time, both in speed and thought (similar to being legally drunk)......?
As i understand this, it is legal to be drunk  drunk   drunk  ????


User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3708 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
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Apply those to a long haul pilot.

When is the most concentration reqd?


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 1):
Now thats gotta be the result of a multi-million dollar gov't funded study. It took quite a team of Nobel caliber scientists to determine that if you get fatigued, its hard to stay awake.

Probably. I'm not sure about the increased risk taking part. If anything I try to be more cautious. One thing I have noticed on the occasions that I've worked days my family say it's like I'm a different person. Normal sleep patterns do that I guess.


User currently offlineMX757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 628 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Human Beings are definitely not creatures of the night.

With that said, I have been on graveyard shift for the last 5 years(by choice) . It helps with taking care of my kids. Plus at CO nightshift gets 3 days off a week instead of 2 for days and swings.

The only real problem I have with being on graveyard shift is fatigue especially on Monday night. I haven't called in sick for over a year and haven't been to a doctor for at least 2 years.

For the rest of that list I think those problems vary from person to person.



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User currently offlinePurdueAv2003 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 251 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 1):
Now thats gotta be the result of a multi-million dollar gov't funded study. It took quite a team of Nobel caliber scientists to determine that if you get fatigued, its hard to stay awake.

It's no worse than a commercial I saw for a prescription sleeping pill where they say, "Side effects include drowsiness,..."  Wink

I have a real unique schedule. I get to work 8 pm - 8 am for seven days and then get seven off. That means fewer transition days and I can take a week long vacation every other week! Unfortunately, I only see my wife for a few minutes a day during my work week since one person is going to work when the other is coming home. Since I work 12 hr shifts, I don't get much time to do things around the house. My "honey-do" list is quite lengthy during my week off.



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User currently offlineTroubleshooter From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 423 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Sorry mates, I´m to tired to read this and I will (probably) decide later to continue to read this thread. If I don´t forget...  bigthumbsup 

Doing nightshifts for five years now...



This job sucks!!! I love this job!!!
User currently offlineBuzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Hi all you other creatures of the night, Buzz here. I have to admit to varying degrees of those symptoms in the last 20 years. I've been on nights (by choice) since '85. I think that my attitude is a little better because I choose to work to 10 hour night schedule.
But we do watch out for each other somewhat more on the midnight crew - lots of different ways to screw up. Our crew has worked together for several years so we know what is "normal" and when somebody's dangerous.
On the plus side, I tell people that we've got hours to solve problems and a lack of adult supervision. It works for me, and we make our bosses happy by doing good work - nice statistics for those who do business planning.
And my wife lets me sleep as much as I want. Foam earplugs and a dark room really helps me sleep in the daytime... rainy days are best.
Would I recommend it to any of my kids? No. It's not for everybody.
g'nite


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Quoting Buzz (Reply 8):
Hi all you other creatures of the night, Buzz here. I have to admit to varying degrees of those symptoms in the last 20 years. I've been on nights (by choice) since '85. I think that my attitude is a little better because I choose to work to 10 hour night schedule.

So far I've been able to aviod the increased accidents and medical costs part. Fortanetly the the increased errors in judgement have been minor, hopefully it will last.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Quoting Buzz (Reply 8):
And my wife lets me sleep as much as I want. Foam earplugs and a dark room really helps me sleep in the daytime... rainy days are best.

How long would that be.
regds
MEL



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