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by 0 · September 03, 2013 at 03:05 AM

Anyone on PlaeoHacks working shift-work? Just wondering how you adjust your diet around that time: how much do you eat, when you eat. I work on 12 hour rotations, usually 6 to 6 or 10 to 10. Anyone has advice that really works for them? I... (more)

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LateralFractal 0 · September 03, 2013 at 03:05 AM

Intermittent fasting can free up your schedule; as fasts of 12, 24, 36 or even 48 hours are not unheard of on an established ketogenic diet. Meals get larger, intervals get longer; aggregate cooking time doesn't scale up as much as volume - so... (more)

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by 145 · February 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM

So, I work 3 twelve hour night shifts a week. Normally they are all in a row. The night before they start I usually stay up til 1 or 2 in the morning or nap before the day of. I get off work at 7:30, try to be in bed by 8:30 am and get 8 full... (more)

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Chanda 0 · February 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM

I'm kind of in your situation, and I've found that drinking herbal teas that are meant to help you relax help a lot with sleeping. There's one brand called Traditional Medicinals that makes a Sleep Aid tea that tastes pretty good. That might help... (more)

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by 1220 · December 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM

My schedule changes weekly, but a typical week could be something like this: Moday 7:30a-3:30p Tues 11:30a-7:30p Wed: off Thurs: 2p-10:30 Friday 2:00p-10:30 Sat: off Sun: 7:30a-3:30p It's rare that I have less than 12 hours between shifts, but I... (more)

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Sayeds 0 · December 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM

I drink tart cherry juice before bed. It has a small amount to melatonin so that it doesn't disrupt your bodies own production, and I get the best sleep ever. I also suggest like all the people above to go to bed and get as close to the same... (more)

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by 547 · May 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM

Graduated this month with a BSN and landed my dream job in a surgical/trauma unit BUT it's night shift. I know, I know - all the evidence in the world says night shifts are detrimental to health. However, in reality this is the starting place for... (more)

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Jess_1 0 · May 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM

How much will your life allow you to switch to a more nocturnal schedule on your days off? Not necessarily identical to your work schedule, but something closer, that will still allow you to do stuff during business hours and have normal schedule... (more)

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by 152 · April 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I'm going to start a new job in about 3 weeks and I think I will need to get up around 5 or 6am. Right now, i have a twofold problem- I am a night owl and get a second wind around 10 (and find it difficult to go to sleep early) and for the next... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · January 26, 2012 at 07:49 AM

Melatonin has been shown to be very effective in reseting circadian rhythms for shift workers and travelers. Try 1 mg sublingual 20 minutes before you SHOULD go to bed for your new schedule. Get ready for bed and get comfy. If you don't feel... (more)

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by 5 · April 04, 2011 at 11:02 PM

It's one thing to be paleo, it's another to be paleo and work as a cop. Late hours, long surveillances...it makes meals a bit more difficult, especially when pulling a 12 hour shift. For the most part my meals are under control, but when it comes... (more)

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Spelhaug52 0 · April 04, 2011 at 03:48 PM

Try tea, works for me in the jail on 12 hour overnights. Heavy fruit loads help too.

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by 20 · January 18, 2013 at 09:27 AM

So glad I found this site. A lot of questions I've found some answers to on my paleo lifestyle. I work third shift, I do cross fit 2x a week and weight training 2x week. Prior to going paleo on the third shift I could sleep on demand. Now that... (more)

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Margo85 0 · January 18, 2013 at 09:27 AM

Very interesting information. I Have never think that that sleeping can be effective for easy losing weight!

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by 55 · October 18, 2010 at 02:24 AM

So.. I work 3 am to 3 pm shifts, six in a row, then eight days off. I obviously have trouble getting enough sleep on my work days. I must be asleep by six fifteen pm in order to get eight hours on my work days. A tough task. My shift is not... (more)

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Mike_6 0 · September 26, 2010 at 03:24 AM

Tavis, my shift work varies from around 7 hours to 3-4 broken up when I'm at one job (Im on duty for 48 hours and sleep there,) and about 6 when I'm at the other (and get to sleep at home.) I have been making the change to paleo, and just got... (more)