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.
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).
JBIbanez wrote:Gerg wrote: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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
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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Tracey wrote: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.CustomsGrrl wrote:For anyone wishing to lose a pound or two, I have been drinking Arizona Diet Blueberry Iced Green Tea.
A bowl of bran staight up does the trick...... my wife hates when I eat that stuff.
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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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