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      03-11-2013 06:00 PM #1
      After only 3 months at my new job (I do security for an auto auction) I was promoted to shift supervisor for 3rd shift. With the raise I get more money, the title of Sergeant, and only work 4 days a week instead of 5 (still 40 hours). Now, I do not mind working 2300-0700 since it is nice and quiet, but I find myself becoming very tired in the last 1-2 hours. The thing about my job is I work patrol, so for those 8 hours I am driving around 300+ acres of property at an average of 7 mph (not very exciting). Energy drinks and 5 hour energy do little for me.

      What tricks do you all have for staying awaken during the graveyard shift?

      Note: I usually sleep from 7:30 when I get home in the morning to about 1:30-3:30.
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      03-11-2013 06:04 PM #2
      Halfway through your shift, Bananas are your friend. I used to eat 2 or three a DAY when I worked that shift in the casino.
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      03-11-2013 06:08 PM #3
      Bananas, as mentioned.

      Take a walk. If you have a portion of your patrol you can reasonably do on foot, DO IT. The physical activity works far better than another cup of coffee.

      Give it time. I worked 3rd shift driving, 9-5 (the OTHER 9-5, as I used to tell people ) it took me two months to really get used to it and not feel tired at the end of the shift.

      If you work out regularly, step up your exercise for a few weeks. If you don't already work out regularly, start taking a short 15-20 minutes to do some light exercise before you go to bed. Even something as simple as a good stretching regimen will help, just something to tell your body that it shouldn't already be shutting down at 5AM.
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      03-11-2013 06:18 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      Bananas, as mentioned.

      Take a walk. If you have a portion of your patrol you can reasonably do on foot, DO IT. The physical activity works far better than another cup of coffee.

      Give it time. I worked 3rd shift driving, 9-5 (the OTHER 9-5, as I used to tell people ) it took me two months to really get used to it and not feel tired at the end of the shift.

      If you work out regularly, step up your exercise for a few weeks. If you don't already work out regularly, start taking a short 15-20 minutes to do some light exercise before you go to bed. Even something as simple as a good stretching regimen will help, just something to tell your body that it shouldn't already be shutting down at 5AM.
      This is pretty much on point. (Except I never tried the bananas thing, but I'll take your word for it )

      If you just started on third shift, you need some time to adapt. It took me a good 2-3 months to get comfortable with the change, and even up until the last day I worked night shift, I never felt 100% adjusted, but it got to a point where it was "good enough".

      And yes, physical activity helps a lot. I was doing warehouse work, so it was physical by nature and that helped keep me going. The trick was to not get too comfortable when I sat down at lunchtime, otherwise it was game over

      DON'T get yourself hooked on using 5-Hour Energy or tons of caffeine to get by. If you do that, you're never going to have a chance at adjusting properly. All of the guys who I worked with who relied on that stuff had the hardest time, by far, trying to get used to the schedule.

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      03-11-2013 06:46 PM #6
      Simple: don't go to bed as soon as you get home. Try to stay up for at least an hour.

      Or, cocaine.

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      03-11-2013 06:52 PM #7
      Hang out at the local middle school and buy some Adderall.
      Or ask your doctor. Night shift is tough man, I got moved to second shift and that ain't so bad. I have a family though, it's driving us all nuts.

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      03-11-2013 07:03 PM #8
      Car pop?

      It's like a desk pop, only in a car.

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      03-11-2013 07:05 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 92skirmishgti View Post
      Car pop?

      It's like a desk pop, only in a car.

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      03-11-2013 07:18 PM #10
      what's the deal with bananas and staying awake??
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      03-11-2013 07:21 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by JMTombstone View Post
      What tricks do you all have for staying awaken during the graveyard shift?
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      03-11-2013 07:37 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post

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      03-11-2013 07:37 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by mkII_short_dub View Post
      what's the deal with bananas and staying awake??
      I don't know, but it works pretty well.
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      03-11-2013 07:38 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by mkII_short_dub View Post
      what's the deal with bananas and staying awake??
      I think it's about a Ween Song.

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      03-11-2013 07:38 PM #15
      Dip always made me crap instantly. I heard the booger sugar does the same.
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      03-11-2013 07:48 PM #16
      Coffee and getting up and walking around usually work pretty well for me. I work 12hr shifts sitting infront of a computer 50% of the time. I've never heard of the banana thing.

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      03-11-2013 08:31 PM #17
      I've worked third shift for ten years now and still have trouble sometimes.the worst is the ride home.I stick to a sleep schedule to.I work 5 to 1 stay up until 5 and wake up at 11am

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      03-11-2013 08:51 PM #18
      It doesn't work for everybody and not everybody will agree, but if you smoke, light up one around 3am, it usually does the job for me when i have to work that shift.

      Also drinking lots of water, and just get myself busy either with listening to music, going up and down the stairs jogging (i work T.I) so i can't really go out or being on a car.

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      03-11-2013 09:29 PM #19
      This... I have a case of them in the car.

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      Nuvigil.

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      03-11-2013 09:35 PM #21
      I thought bananas had something in them that would put you to sleep?

      Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Speed View Post
      This... I have a case of them in the car.

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      I go through cases of monster, doesn't have an effect on me anymore. I drink it now for the taste. Thought the past week I have stopped. Developed an eye twitch that I believed was associated with caffeine so I stopped having any to test if it went away. Its better, but still sometimes happens.
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      03-11-2013 10:32 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by SICKVDUB1 View Post
      It doesn't work for everybody and not everybody will agree, but if you smoke, light up one around 3am, it usually does the job for me when i have to work that shift.
      I did that when I still smoked. Figures, I stopped smoking and within a month I fell asleep behind the wheel and hit another car after a shift.


      Now that I think about it, watch drinking all of those sugary energy drinks. Working nights screws with your body in a lot of ways and it can exacerbate the weight you may already gain from drinking all of that sugar. Add to that sitting down most of your shift.

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      03-11-2013 10:47 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by kenny301 View Post
      I did that when I still smoked. Figures, I stopped smoking and within a month I fell asleep behind the wheel and hit another car after a shift.


      Now that I think about it, watch drinking all of those sugary energy drinks. Working nights screws with your body in a lot of ways and it can exacerbate the weight you may already gain from drinking all of that sugar. Add to that sitting down most of your shift.
      I actually cut down on sodas and sugary drinks overall, i mostly drink water, coffee and smoke, it does help once in a while even though i know it's bad for me, or sometimes when allowed i take power naps. I take my lunch hour set my alarm and go to town for that hour, it helps a lot, specially on my way back home, i light one up turn the stereo up and just go home to sleep.

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      03-11-2013 10:53 PM #24
      Adjust your schedule. If that isn't enough then you have an extremely boring job. Ask for a faster cart and try to do some drifting or take it off some jumps. If someone looks at you wrong then drive up to them and tackle them. These would all wake you up.

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      03-11-2013 10:56 PM #25
      Hire armed professionals to break into the auction compound at random. Make sure they don't tell you when they'll do it. Make sure they use real rounds, but "promise to not aim directly at you".

      That'll keep you wide awake.
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