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I am working 3 jobs 7 days a week including weekend nights Fri+ Sat nights 6PM-6AM. In Lubbock we also got blasted with a winter storm. Who else here works the 3rd shifts? Any tips on staying awake? Any tips on safe driving to and from a night shift? My initial thoughts are extended release caffeine capsule to keep awake. I am about 0.5 miles away from a level 2 site and I am thinking about ending the shift with an hour L2 top off and nap.
 

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Sleep in the car while L2 charging makes most sense. Stay away from chemical solutions, your body is tired because you need the sleep.
 

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Sleep in the car while L2 charging makes most sense. Stay away from chemical solutions, your body is tired because you need the sleep.
Yes I have about 3 years experience on full night shifts (all years I've done this I've moonlighted with multiple jobs). It gets harder the older You get. - I've learned I have to "pre load" the caffeine earlier in the night to stay awake and then quit caffeine at around 3 am so it will wear off in time for me to day sleep. The day sleeps never do feel as restful as a normal night sleep.
 

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Back on the weekend night shifts again this will make Shift #6 for me 6pm to 6am. They are getting pretty tiring and boring. I am trying to make the best of it.
 

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I eat popcorn to stay awake. I make it at home to keep it healthier. The act of eating seems to keep me alert. Napping at a charger works too.
 

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I eat popcorn to stay awake. I make it at home to keep it healthier. The act of eating seems to keep me alert. Napping at a charger works too.
1 DCFC then 2nd charge on L2 while you sleep in comfort. Save on lodging and not get hassled for sleeping in car - because you are charging. :)
 

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On to night shift weekend #4 of the year. I have my sundown 200mg 8 hour extended release caffeine capsule. 2 energy drinks and popping energy mints. Dark Chocolate bites 1/2 ounce infused with extra 50 mg caffeine on order from Amazon lol.
 

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One thing I have noticed is an IN EAR true wireless Bluetooth 5 headphones with 12+ hour batt life - such a thing does not yet exist. The creative labs premium version "outlier gold" promises 14 hours - max I ever got was 9.5 hours. Tonight I will crank down the Laptop volume to 35% see if that will allow it to extend to at least the whole 12 hour night shift.
 

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On to Weekend for Night shifts #5. Already did 1 full month of night shifts. Behold my Caffeine assortment. 4 out of 5 items photographed have caffeine (mints, Caffeine capsule, Chocolate infused with caffeine, energy drink) . . .
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at This point in my life - the magic numbers seem to be; 14-15 hours "pre load" of sleep the night before the night shift and then 500 mg of caffeine during the actual night shift. I have about 4.5 hours left til 6 am - I am Yawning a bit but not actually falling asleep before the shift completes.
 

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I am working 3 jobs 7 days a week including weekend nights Fri+ Sat nights 6PM-6AM. In Lubbock we also got blasted with a winter storm. Who else here works the 3rd shifts? Any tips on staying awake? Any tips on safe driving to and from a night shift? My initial thoughts are extended release caffeine capsule to keep awake. I am about 0.5 miles away from a level 2 site and I am thinking about ending the shift with an hour L2 top off and nap.
Try keeping a bag of red hot cinnamon candies or atomic hot balls. Believe it or not, it worked for me.
 

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I won't comment on the huge caffeine intake of a number of people here. But being warm = being sleepy. 30+ years of rotating graveyard shifts have taught me to get a few minutes of fresh air before starting the drive home and keeping the car as chilly as I could handle. Nothing like sticking your head out the window for a few seconds at speed to ward off any head nodding.
 

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I won't comment on the huge caffeine intake of a number of people here. But being warm = being sleepy. 30+ years of rotating graveyard shifts have taught me to get a few minutes of fresh air before starting the drive home and keeping the car as chilly as I could handle. Nothing like sticking your head out the window for a few seconds at speed to ward off any head nodding.
Thanks for the tip Mivo - I'm on another night shift - slowly getting used to it. I hope to be retired in about 5 years and get to do what I want when I want to.
 

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Pretty soon I will be on to 2 solid months on this horrible swing shift. I have to wait until around mid April which will be a little over 100 days in a row of working. I can't say its worth it at this point.
 

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Another Friday another Horrible Swing shift - if Anyone has any idea how to make Extra $ without being on a horrible weekend night shift I am open to any suggestions...
 
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