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Shift-work and sleep

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Created December 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I work 12am to 8am two days a week, and 6am to 3pm three days a week. I am exhausted all the time and gaining fat. What can I do to feel better?

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 25, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I'm glad that works for you, unfortunately mine is a physical job to begin with and I work straight through, with one 15 minute break.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Totally worth it. Right now, all I do is sleep and eat when I'm not working. I'm looking forward to having some more vigor again.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on December 24, 2012
at 06:43 PM

It's hard to accept but a minor cut is probably better than the cost of health problems down the road. There are lots of hacks to make it more manageable but nothing as good as fixing the root cause.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:23 PM

I sort-of did this; I talked to my boss, and I'm taking a (minor) cut in my hours and will not be doing overnight shifts in the new year

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705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

on December 23, 2012
at 04:20 AM

Time for a new job my friend. You can optimize nutrition and available sleep but the root cause of your problem will always be those changing shifts.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:23 PM

I sort-of did this; I talked to my boss, and I'm taking a (minor) cut in my hours and will not be doing overnight shifts in the new year

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Totally worth it. Right now, all I do is sleep and eat when I'm not working. I'm looking forward to having some more vigor again.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

(1013)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:43 PM

It's hard to accept but a minor cut is probably better than the cost of health problems down the road. There are lots of hacks to make it more manageable but nothing as good as fixing the root cause.

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on December 23, 2012
at 08:23 PM

i work rotating 5 to 5s and for me exercise during my breaks does wonders. it will never be awesome, but add in some room darkening curtains for sleep and i am better than i was.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 25, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I'm glad that works for you, unfortunately mine is a physical job to begin with and I work straight through, with one 15 minute break.

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on December 27, 2012
at 12:28 AM

New shift pattern is the only way, the body just cannot get used to these constant shifts in times.

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