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post #1 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Sleep deprivation

So I'm currently 2.5 hours into another 12 hour overnight shift. I'm going on approximately 3.5 hours of sleep in the past 36 hours. I got off work this morning after 24 hours awake and went to bed, spectacular super comfy, but stupid brain decides that 3 hours is enough and wakes me up and I can't fall back asleep. This is an ongoing problem that my current schedule is certainly not helping with.

At what point do you think a body fails from lack of sleep or sustained sleep deprivation?

What is the longest you've gone without sleeping?
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 02:06 AM
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I don't sleep well and have done like a day- missed that night- and then full day again. After that I start to shake, kinda like I'm telling my body to do stuff but it not getting all the signals.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 02:47 AM
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Getting sleep has never been a problem for me thankfully!

Lambing and foaling I would not get a good quotant of sleep, and by the end of three weeks of getting up to check, I would be pretty tired. Learned to snatch whatever I could everytime I sat down!

Even now I can fall asleep anywhere, can be embarrassing!
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 03:14 AM
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I don't know the longest I've gone without sleep, but it's either been because of calving or fighting fire, or maybe during haying season.

How well someone can function for how long depends on many things, too.

It's supposedly a large contributing factor in a majority of farm/ranch accidents.
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 05:58 AM
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I am on hour 26. Rotating nights and days ... I was in bed but just stare at ceiling for 7 hours. You know when you have that migraine and your heart goes? I can practically feel more greys sprouting. I'm 70% grey at 31... but I hit the genetic jackpot there in texture and shine at least!!

I've learned I can survive on 5 hours comfortably. Getting up is hard but I dont feel tired on 5. Any less and feel like am at war. The worst of it is being on my feet and plantar in both. I went through a phase of taking my yard boots to work as they actually relieved my foot pain. Shame I can't wear them in the wards hah. Turns out tiny feet on hard concrete.. I learned i need to wear chunky wider shoes and camel spread that weight on hospital concrete. Once that was sorted my crooked pain posture fixed itself and I could survive on less sleep. She says... while rambling on hahaha. I haven't got kids yet.

But I wonder is it better to stay up 24hours and get a good rest or be interrupted every 2hours? Hmmmm
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Part of my problem is that I have a really hard time falling asleep and even when I do actually sleep it's very choppy with frequent wake ups. Also have bizarre work schedule, late classes and so much homework this semester. Chronic stress, anxiety and insomnia make it very hard to turn my brain thoughts and worries off for sleep
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 07:27 AM
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My husband use to work nights...had to sleep days.
Went to the doctor and was told the body has a natural rhythm that works with the sun...not against it.
He was actually shortening his lifespan by working nights, forcing his body to do what it not do naturally.
He too had problems sleeping and resting...once he rid himself of upside down days/nights his body found its natural rhythm and he now sleeps nights.
He is a light sleeper, but he sleeps...

For now, learn relaxation techniques to shut down and relax your muscles and mind...
What I learned as a Lamaze coach to help my sister through childbirth still works today.
I can isolate each muscle, each limb, each part of my body part by part that quiets me when I'm riled and lets me rest....
Sometimes sleep is elusive for many, but resting is something else and that you need to learn to control cause resting controls the sleep least for me it does.
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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@horselovinguy My SO works a rotating schedule days/nights that really messes with his sleep. When he actually sleeps he is a deep but restless sleeper and his body tends to wake him up between sleep cycles and makes it hard for him to fall back asleep. I don't usually work nights but even with normal hours on days I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I wake up very frequently and tend to be extremely restless and move around a lot. I also have a lot of bad dreams and nightmares when I do finally sleep.

My thing is that I can be completely and absolutely exhausted and falling asleep at my desk or on the couch but as soon as I get in bed my brain goes into overdrive. I tend to average 4-6 hours of interrupted sleep a night.
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 09:45 AM
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About 2.5 days is the longest I've gone. I used to handle no sleep well, but now I start getting digestive issues, etc after 1 night of no sleep. Not sure what could help with getting to sleep. Have you tried melatonin before bed? I also have a fan on at night and I find the white noise helps, plus I prefer a cooler temperature at night.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-20-2020, 09:51 AM
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Rotating schedules are ghastly. At least if the rotation was every few months you'd have some time to recover.

My primary shift is a 24, so sleep is a moving target and often interrupted. Even when I do sleep a whole night (6hrs), as soon as I get home (around 8am) I put in earplugs, maybe put on a sleep mask, and take a nap. I get up again around 11 or noon, and go about my day. This is my "anchor time" to reset my body. It's enough rest to become a normal human again but not so much that I can't sleep the following night. It is really hard to switch my brain off sometimes, but I try to remove as much outside stimuli as possible so brain doesn't get distracted and has no choice. This may not help as much if you're working 3 or 4 overnights in a row.
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