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Kieran
03-22-2007, 02:03 PM
G'day Ladies & Gentleman.

Today i have my induction at a bread packing plant, and i'm wanting to know will these shifts have any 'severe' impact on my health. The shifts are 2200-0900, 5 days a week. I'll be earning on average $900AUD a week. Is it worth it to keep my a$$ flying more often than previously?

Advice is greatly appreciated.;)


vagabond
03-22-2007, 02:26 PM
I looked at your public profile and note that you are only 18 years old. I doubt, no, I hope you will not be working at the bread plant until retirement! The shifts sound like something that will get you used to being a freight dog.

Is $900 AUD a lot of money? How much is that in US dollars?

Anyway, want to take this opportunity again to remind everyone of the World Swimming Championships happening right now in Melbourne. Keep an eye on the 100m and 200m breaststroke events for women!

LAfrequentflyer
03-22-2007, 04:09 PM
Wet women!!! Where?

-LAFF


vagabond
03-22-2007, 08:30 PM
Melbourne.

Careful there tiger! ;) It's my second cousin who also happens to be an Olympic class swimmer. I had the privilege of examining her Athens medal up close and even bit on it to make sure it was solid. It was. Her event starts on Monday, March 26.

http://www.melbourne2007.com.au/

Sorry for the thread drift.

Kieran
03-22-2007, 09:43 PM
It's around about 725 USD.

No problems about the thread drift. ;)

HSLD
03-22-2007, 10:15 PM
Today i have my induction at a bread packing plant, and i'm wanting to know will these shifts have any 'severe' impact on my health. The shifts are 2200-0900, 5 days a week.

We all do what it takes to make some dough (hey, a really bad bread factory joke!). Anyway, working the so-called graveyard shift can take it's toll on your health although I don't know if it's long term or not. Inattention due to sleepiness could make you more prone to accidents - which of course could have long term effects.

You should learn all you can about Circadian Rhythm and Window of Circadian Low (WOCL) and how to mitigate the effects of a missed sleep opportunity.

After 15 years of flying exclusively long international flights I've found what works for me. And that's the key - what works for me may not work for someone else. I've seen routines that other guys swear by that would kill me. The bottom line is your body needs regular sleep, when you start missing sleep (rest periods) it hurts your body.

Here are a few Google searches to get you started - good luck!

Search 1 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-44,GGGL:en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=health+impact+of+graveyard+shifts&spell=1)

Search 2 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-44,GGGL:en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=Graveyard+shift+and+circadian+rhythm&spell=1)

Search 3 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL%2CGGGL%3A2006-44%2CGGGL%3Aen&q=Window+of+circadian+Low&btnG=Search)

Kieran
03-23-2007, 02:24 AM
I honestly can't thankyou enough for this information HSLD, the main issue sleeping during the day is here in Queensland Australia is, it's always hot usually in between 30-36 deg/c and humidity is a pain in the arse. Not only that the usual dog bark tends to **** me alot.

I'll take this googled advice immediately, put it through it's paces so to speak.

Thanks again Kieran :)

P.S Good luck with the long hauls! (Y)

Pilotpip
03-30-2007, 04:27 PM
I've worked that shift at length a couple times. It's really tough for the first couple weeks but after a while your body acclimates to it if you take a few steps. I'd suggest doing these things:

1) Dark, Dark curtains. You're going to be trying to sleep while the rest of the world is awake.

2) Eat well. I had a nasty habit of eating more food that was bad for me for some reason. Put on a lot of weight that I'm now trying to get rid of.

3) Get into a routine and stick to it. Sleep 8 hours a day on a regular basis. Get up at the same time every day and do something.

Ewfflyer
03-30-2007, 07:06 PM
G'day Ladies & Gentleman.

Today i have my induction at a bread packing plant, and i'm wanting to know will these shifts have any 'severe' impact on my health. The shifts are 2200-0900, 5 days a week. I'll be earning on average $900AUD a week. Is it worth it to keep my a$$ flying more often than previously?

Advice is greatly appreciated.;)

You're young, and sounds like a good paying job. Should work out well for you.


Off Topic:D

Keep an eye on the 100m and 200m breaststroke events for women!

I always keep an eye on women's breast-strokes:eek:

rickair7777
03-31-2007, 07:17 AM
You're young, and sounds like a good paying job. Should work out well for you.



Exactly. At your age you can do anything without suffering long-term affects. Decades of alternating shift work would be bad I suspect.

A few folks have a lifestyle where they can permanently adapt to the backside, but they have to live their whole life there...a little tough with a family.

dojetdriver
04-07-2007, 10:31 PM
We all do what it takes to make some dough (hey, a really bad bread factory joke!). Anyway, working the so-called graveyard shift can take it's toll on your health although I don't know if it's long term or not. Inattention due to sleepiness could make you more prone to accidents - which of course could have long term effects.

You should do is learn all you can about Circadian Rhythm and Window of Circadian Low (WOCL) and how to mitigate the effects of a missed sleep opportunity.

After 15 years of flying exclusively long international flights I've found what works for me. And that's the key - what works for me may not work for someone else. I've seen routines that other guys swear by that would kill me. The bottom line is your body needs regular sleep, when you start missing sleep (rest periods) it hurts your body.

Here are a few Google searches to get you started - good luck!

Search 1 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-44,GGGL:en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=health+impact+of+graveyard+shifts&spell=1)

Search 2 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-44,GGGL:en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=Graveyard+shift+and+circadian+rhythm&spell=1)

Search 3 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGGL%2CGGGL%3A2006-44%2CGGGL%3Aen&q=Window+of+circadian+Low&btnG=Search)

Just out of curiousity, what are some of the routines that work for you?

blastboy
04-08-2007, 11:49 PM
Kieran,

The only thing I can think of is if you are going to work the night shift, try to get some sunlight at some point in your day as sunlight aids in important catalyzations of key zymogens (enzyme precursors) and the synthesis of vitamin D which is almost soley received with sun exposure. Sunlight, vitamin D synthesis and calcium go hand in hand to maintain bone density and a long list of other physiological needs. I'm happy to see that you are concerned with your health and how your job can effect it. That's an admirable thing.

Kieran
04-11-2007, 02:19 AM
Thanks BlastBoy, your information was much appreciated, quite interesting how our body structures work. Maybe i should become a doctor :P


Regards Kieran

blastboy
04-11-2007, 10:13 AM
Thanks BlastBoy, your information was much appreciated, quite interesting how our body structures work. Maybe i should become a doctor :P


Regards Kieran


You'll certainly make more money that way! Yes, the human body is quite amazing. 100 times more systems than an aircraft! LOL!