LMP737
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For All You Nightshift Techs

Tue May 09, 2006 11:21 pm

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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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 12:15 am

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.

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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 1:07 am

-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  ????
 
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 3:36 am

Apply those to a long haul pilot.

When is the most concentration reqd?
 
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 5:53 am

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.
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 8:26 am

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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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 10:35 am

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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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 11:09 am

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...
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Wed May 10, 2006 6:05 pm

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.
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Thu May 11, 2006 7:34 am

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.
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RE: For All You Nightshift Techs

Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:01 am

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.
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