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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:59 AM

Tips for staying awake?

I'm at work and out of coffee

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darkangel218 Oct 2012 OP
JonLP24 Oct 2012 #1
darkangel218 Oct 2012 #2
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #3
DryHump Oct 2012 #4
Angleae Oct 2012 #9
guardian Oct 2012 #5
darkangel218 Oct 2012 #6
guardian Oct 2012 #12
Sentath Oct 2012 #7
Mr.Bill Oct 2012 #8
LWolf Oct 2012 #10
JoeyT Oct 2012 #11
HipChick Oct 2012 #13
Nikia Oct 2012 #14

Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 04:11 AM

1. High powered stimulants

J/k

I don't know what kind of environment you work at but some ideas I have are get up and walk around for 10 minutes or stand. Think about something that is interesting, I'm not sure what but I've stayed up past my bedtime focusing on interesting things. I also can't sleep when I'm angry about something so you could think about something that makes you angry.

I'm not sure if this is medically recommended but drink a lot of water or enough water where it feels like you have to go to restroom.

Also, my friend would blast the AC on long haul truck missions to keep himself awake but I'm not sure if you can touch the AC there or not.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 05:01 AM

2. Thanks! the walking did help.

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:09 AM

3. Don't sleep.

 

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:15 AM

4. What saved me on solo cross country car trips

was eating fruit...eat something healthy and light; eat slowly. The act of eating is enough stimulation to offset drowsiness.

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Response to DryHump (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:59 AM

9. Only if it is something very light. Otherwise the energy used by digestion will make you drowsy.

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:55 AM

5. If possible

 

take a break. Go to your car. Lean the seat back and take a 20 minute nap.

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Response to guardian (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 12:53 PM

6. Thats a big no no in my kind of work. Sleep on duty equals termination.

Ugh, why can't I win the lottery so I can never have to work again! I hate slaving for peanuts, working different shifts. Got home at 8 am , I can't even sleep, that tired I am.

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 07:00 PM

12. If you can't recharge with a quick nap

 

try going to the bathroom and splashing cold water on your face. It helps to wake me up--at least for 15 to 20 minutes. But sometimes nothing helps but actual sleep. I too used to work different shifts...a rotating mix of day, eve, and midnight...all in the same week. It made getting into a sleep routine very tough. So sometimes even when I tried to sleep and be rested for work I couldn't fall asleep.

Regarding a job you hate and working for peanuts: consider transitioning into being self-employed. Find something you can do and like to do. It can be anything. If you are skilled (e.g., mechanic, plumber, accountant, programmer, etc.) consider moonlighting/freelancing on the side. But you can work doing most anything (e.g., landscaper, nanny, cleaning, painting, detailing cars, etc.).

Start working part-time on your days off or before/after your job shift. Yeah I know its tough to work MORE hours at first as you are doing two jobs. But as your part-time business grows you can eventually safely quit your day job and work for yourself. That's what I did after 25 years being a corporate wage slave.

It's a little scary but it can be done. Have faith in yourself.

As far as your dream of doing nothing...you are not alone

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:48 PM

7. pepper

I find it hard to nod off while my mouth is on fire.

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:08 PM

8. Don't watch any Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan on TV.

They'll put you right to sleep.

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:13 AM

10. Stay on your feet and keep moving. nt

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 11:46 AM

11. Provigil!

It depends on how much longer you need to stay awake and what you've got access to. Eating something with lots of carbs will wake you up for a little while. Jogging in place for a few minutes will help too, if you're able to do it.

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 07:03 PM

13. Take a power nap in the car

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Response to darkangel218 (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:10 PM

14. I don't know your line of work

I work in the quality department until 2:00 am and have a 2 month old and three year old so I often am tired by the end of my shift. If I have constant steady work, I am usually alright. I try to save the less mentally challenging work for towards the end. I can always take a walk to check on manufacturing also even if I've done all my required checks. I have a 40 minute drive home and usually eat and drink a cold beverage for the drive home. to help stay awake.
I had a temp job doing overnight desk clerking and temporarily fell asleep though on my second night when there was nothing to do but sit there. I had brought a book but some fell asleep anyway. I don't think anyone knew about it though.

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