no, not really... i am more of an evening person, mr. r. is more of a morning person, and since we are together we usually try to go to sleep somewhere between 11 and 12 (if we watch tv before, he usually falls asleep during that though). and i wake up by myself only around 8 or 9 when there's no alarm, he wakes up at 6 or 7. he wakes up more easily from the family noises though...
i am kind of more tired lately because it is so warm, but then, i n germany i find other reasons for being tired...
I "pulled an all-nighter" on Monday. Something I haven't done since I was in college studying for exams. (And occasionally on a 36-hour travel day where I doze on the oversea flight if I can.)
Mr. Kimby was on call and sleeping at the hospital, so no one to point out that it was "bedtime". Besides frittering posting and perusing threads on Any Port, I also put the time to good use clearing clutter off my desk. I had planned to get to bed by 2, but was on a roll and didn't notice the clock til 4:30. At that point it would have been harder to sleep for a couple hours then to just stay up. I expected to be really burned out, but hardly noticed the loss of sleep. Slept really well the next night, too. Better than usual.
So does one's physiology change as they age so they don't need sleep as much as when they are younger? Anyone else pull all-nighters lately?
I have always read that you elderly people do not require as much sleep.
I have not missed a complete night's sleep ever -- even coming back from the disco at 5:00, I would still sleep for at least an hour. My only short nights in recent times have all entailed at least 3 hours sleep, so I don't know how I would react to a totally sleepless night.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Oct 13, 2011 18:21:21 GMT
I did a 24 hr shift last Saturday and am on call tomorrow night after my day shift...I don't think that it's good for your health and you don't really catch up with your sleep afterwards.
My boss asked me today if I'd consider going onto permenant night shifts...3 x 12 hour shifts....I don't think so. Not only would I earn less but I'd be constantly tired and bad tempered....oh....no change there then....
Post by cheerypeabrain on Oct 15, 2011 16:25:45 GMT
A shift would be paid differently to on-call...The on-call service is generally one person in the department dealing with all the emergency work. If it was a shft there would (in theory) be more than one person working because you are entitled to an (unpaid) lunch break. The night shift rate is 'time + 30%' .
atm I work my normal hours during the week, and do on-call as an extra...so I get my basic wages plus a large payment for the oncall. If I went onto nights it would just be my normal hours moved to another time slot...the 30% addition would not recompense me for the loss of the on-call payments. (I do 3-4 sessions of on-call a month)....
The managers are trying to make us work a shift system but there is so much resistance by people who at present don't do the on-call (which is voluntary) and who don't want to work weekends or nights...so they seem to be patching it all together offering different things to different people in an effort to keep going without taking on any more staff. The oncall budget is large as the payments are good...but they have to be because the work is not only difficult but can also be exhausting.
There are 3 hospitals in our trust and each one needs an oncall haematologist every night and every weekend...there are only about 23 of us who can do it, so it's getting quite difficult to fill the rotas every month. With some people working 6-7 sessions + as well as their normal hours we have many people well over the EEC working time directive regulations.
I went to bed early two nights in a row because I was tired. The first night I actually managed to sleep about 8 hours for perhaps the first time this year. However, this morning I was up at around 5 a.m.
can't you sleep from 8 to late afternoon? when i studied all night, that's what i used to do... though i must admit never seeing the sun got to me after a while, so then i changed my sleeping pattern...
Riki, setting an alarm could be a good idea. and maybe I should think about it, too. my sleeping pattern is all over the place at the moment. many days, I have the luxury of sleeping late in the morning if I wish.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
I used to work a three week shift pattern, 1st week nights, the next week afternoons and finally mornings. Never could get used to it and I was either fast asleep when I shouldn't be or wide awake when I didn't want to be.
I've been getting up too early lately due to respiratory distress linked to my heavy cold. I can breathe fine when I am vertical and suffocate when I am horizontal. So I've been getting up around 5:30 and am not enjoying it much.
I am not a fan of suffering but unless you are running a slight temperature indicating infection I would hold off taking the anti-biotics just yet. I do recommend you put a pillow under the head of your mattress(between the mattress and bed base) to help with the elevation of your head and lungs. This easy measure lets you have some relief when sleeping. Get well soon !
Spindrift I am 100% with you on taking anti-biotics with me when travelling. Besides a whole heap of broad spectrum anti B's, I take a cartload of strong pain relievers and anti-inflamatories. None of this medication is available over the counter in France or Britain( some of it is here like the anti-inflams & pain killers) unless you see a doc first. Of course I have to travel with the script from my doctor just in case they check out my entire chemist shop!
Yes you are right Kerouac about the viral infection - they don't help with that but doctors very often give an anti-biotic to ward off a secondary infection like Spindrift said, like bronchitis for example. Usually given to kids or the elderley ( as in my case )
yeah well i am setting an alarm every morning... an hour later than i did back when i had a job, but still early enough. takes me about an hour to get out of bed though (first i need half an hour to even wake up, then i read a bit but keep falling asleep again). had a bit of trouble falling asleep the last nights, but i think that was more due to having various things i have to think over and am not happy about...
I seem to remember someone telling me,and,I think it was my doctor,(I'll have to ask her next time),that one should not read to try to get to sleep. I remember immediately dismissing this without asking why. Were it not for reading in bed to get to sleep,I don't know what I would do. Has anyone else ever heard of this? I'm going to lie in bed awake now,trying to remember where the heck I heard this!!!! It makes no sense to me at all.
Casimira - I have never heard that one should not read in bed in the hope of encouraging sleep. If I did not read in bed I would never get to sleep at all! However, I do believe that using a laptop in bed late at night isn't a good thing. I heard a rumour about the white light stimulating hormones (or was it the hypothalamus) ? Yet, invariably, I log on from habit.
In naturopathic books I see that if you put facecloths previously rinsed in cold water on the soles of your feet and then quickly pull on waterproof socks...the blood will be drawn from your brain down to your soles, thus encouraging sleep. But where to get waterproof socks? huh!