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Postby Bald Man » Sun May 28, 2006 6:10 pm

wannaBE_PC wrote:I've worked many different shift combinations, but 4 on and 4 off rotating 12hr shifts is by far the best. You can plan you entire year very simply and if you take 4 days of vacation, you really get 12.


I do that with my 6 days off after nights..throw in some stats and I have a few weeks holidays without touching my annual leave. It works well.

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Postby tooscoops » Sun May 28, 2006 7:40 pm

CO are you a big coffee or tea drinker as well?

I have about 2 coffees a day, and have been leary about going back to cycle some ephedrine because of it. I never reacted badly to ephedrine before, but i was also not drinking coffee regularily (not that 2 a day is a lot).

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Postby Jib » Sun May 28, 2006 10:02 pm

JBIbanez wrote:
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JBIbanez wrote:Using caffeine once in awhile to get yourself alert is ok, but if it's going to be an everyday type of thing beware of developing a caffeine allergy.

I used to get tired all the time so I started consuming that Mountain Dew Energy drink along with between 5 and 8 XL coffee per day. It worked great for the first couple of weeks until I started feeling tired again and depressed some days and overly joyed other days. To make a long story short I thought I was becoming bi-polar so I booked an appointment with a psychiatrist. My caffeine consumption came out and she decided that before putting me on meds that I should try to slowly decrease my caffeine consumption. So I did just that I now I hardly even drink coffee. I managed to switch myself over to herbal tea. Now I'm back to normal and happier than ever.


For more information go here:
http://www.doctoryourself.com/caffeine_allergy.html


I thought that most tea contained more caffine than regular coffee?


No, they contain about half the caffeine that coffee does and green tea is quite high in caffeine. I drink herbal teas that do not have caffeine in them.


Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee. Green tea contains less caffeine than regular tea. At least that's what it says on the side of my green tea carton.
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Postby Red_Rose » Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:35 pm

Stay up extremely late the night before the graveyard shift, and sleep in late into the next evening. The energy drinks help to some extent. I've tried them. A few hours later into the night shift, I was prepared to pass out with exhaustion. Experienced something similar to an adrenaline rush with the energy drink earlier, yes, but it only lasted for a short period of time. I was later ready to fall asleep on my feet.
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Postby SHAMROCK » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:07 am

Iman,


I find coffee and is good enough for me to get me through my 12 shifts. My suggestion would be to exeriment with a couple of different options.

I have tried RedBull before and it made me sick to my stomach so that was out of the question for me. I like CO have used a 200mg caffeine pill (before a workout and I was going to use them on shift) however I find that the pills make me really jittery...I really found that the constaant chattering of my teeth and gloosy eyes and shaking of my body while I was using caffine pills really got me some interesting looks at the gym... :oops:

So thats why I started drinking coffee again I find it gives me the boost I need during shift with out the side effects (in me anyways) of caffine pills. Just experiment to see which is best for you.

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Postby fjacky » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:18 am

WorkingOnIt wrote:I sometimes have to stay up mighty late - and pull all-nighters. I know I'm not an officer, and I don't know how practical it is for you, but when I start getting the head bobs, I get up, and walk up and down the stairs a few times, get some fresh air, do some squats, and stretch.

I personally find, the only way to liven myself up is to get the blood flowing...

Good luck to you.


This helps me too, but sometimes I just sit back and close my eyes for 10-15 minutes. This little cat nap does wonders. I've even have to do this the odd time half way through my drive home.
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Postby goaliegibson » Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:12 pm

I know I'm just a student but I've pulled plenty of all nighters and what I find works the best is snacks. When I start getting tired I just snack on some nuts, a granola bar and some juice. Every once in a while when I'm really tired at work I'll grab an energy drink but I find it's more psychological and not worth the 3 bucks a can they cost! Also when something gets so boring that I'm getting tired I take a quick break, walk around, stretch and get back into it. hope this helps in some way.

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Postby CustomsGrrl » Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:42 am

I used to suck back the coffee, but I have found fruit works much better.

I eat an orange or some berries around 03:30 or 04:00 and it keeps me going until about 08:30.

I like green tea, but more for the flavour then anything.

For anyone wishing to lose a pound or two, I have been drinking Arizona Diet Blueberry Iced Green Tea. And man o man, it takes the appetite anyway. But it doesn't give me a cup of joe kick.

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Postby Tracey » Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:52 pm

CustomsGrrl wrote:For anyone wishing to lose a pound or two, I have been drinking Arizona Diet Blueberry Iced Green Tea.
If all you're after is a pound or two, just eat a bran muffin, grab a magazine and wait for the magic to happen.

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Postby Bald Man » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:11 am

Tracey wrote:
CustomsGrrl wrote:For anyone wishing to lose a pound or two, I have been drinking Arizona Diet Blueberry Iced Green Tea.
If all you're after is a pound or two, just eat a bran muffin, grab a magazine and wait for the magic to happen.


A bowl of bran staight up does the trick...... my wife hates when I eat that stuff. :D

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Postby dira necessitas » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:51 am

Bran?.....pffffft.... go with a bucket full of pickled eggs....sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Postby Westcoast » Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:03 am

OK folks, for those of you wishing to take this topic in that direction I suggest:
http://forum.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php? ... sc&start=0

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I enjoy coffee, no sugar, one cream. It's an addiction that has been carried over from late nights spent studying and writing papers during college.

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Postby Starsky » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:19 pm

Ice water does the same for me as any of this other crap does. It's better for you too ;)

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Postby TimeToGoTactical » Wed May 16, 2007 2:55 pm

on my 12's i find a cup of green tea hits the spot at the 8-9 hour mark. Theres this really good Nestea lemon green tea with ginseng that i enjoy. i smalll tin is like 2.50. I find it it alerts my senses and gets my brain back on track.
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Postby dmiles » Thu May 17, 2007 4:07 am

red bull is great with vodka... 8)
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