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Posted about 4 years ago

 

I'm going on a ride-along with my dad this weekend,on a midnight shift.I would just like to hear some ideas on how you officers that work the midnight shift stay awake.Any input/suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance,and stay safe.

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Hydroxycut!

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 I'm not a cop but if I was one working nights, I'd be drinking Deton 8.  I call it my happy juice LOL I don't consume it all the time but it does give me tons of energy.  I"m not a coffee drinker but I do love tea.


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And LOTS of it.

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mmmmmmmm the smell of coffee....   Actually the aroma I absolutely love and that would keep me awake.  I just can't get used to the taste.


 


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And LOTS of it.



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BSL1123 says ...




And LOTS of it.


What he said!



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You just gear your life to be awake at that time. I don't do anything other than sleep during the day so I am up at night. The caffeine and energy drink method will leave you more tired when it wears off. It is better to get plenty of sleep and eat a balanced diet. That way you will be awake and yet healthy late at night. Officers tend to gain a lot of weight on late night shifts because they eat bad food.

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You just gear your life to be awake at that time. I don't do anything other than sleep during the day so I am up at night. The caffeine and energy drink method will leave you more tired when it wears off. It is better to get plenty of sleep and eat a balanced diet. That way you will be awake and yet healthy late at night. Officers tend to gain a lot of weight on late night shifts because they eat bad food.


 


So true! I was going to mention a healthy diet.  I don't rely on caffeine too much because I have crashed from consuming too much.  I'd rather go the route of eating well and getting a good night's rest.  



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Caffeine will work for a little bit, but if you are going to be on nights for a while, it is better to start a normal routine. I used to drink a liter of Dr. Pepper per night. When I was off nights, I stopped, and I would get the worst withdrawl headaches. Definitely not good for the body.

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Caffeine will work for a little bit, but if you are going to be on nights for a while, it is better to start a normal routine. I used to drink a liter of Dr. Pepper per night. When I was off nights, I stopped, and I would get the worst withdrawl headaches. Definitely not good for the body.


 


Michael, I also get those types of headaches too.  Wasn't worth drinking the caffein sometimes.  Probably would help if I consume more water. It may be a sign of dehydration.



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If this is your first ride along you'll probably be too excited to think about sleep.   And hope for a somewhat busy night.  Talking helps too  You could try for a nap in the evening too.    When I was in the auxiliary I only remember one nite when there was nothing going on that I got sleepy.


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I've never suffered to much from the "caffeine crash" It would be helpful to take a nap before the watch starts tonight!


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Also, it's been my experience that ride alongs don't last an entire shift. I don't know about this particular situation, being that the officer is your father, but if it's going By the book, it'll probably only go for 4 - 6 hours.

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Thank you for all of your responses.I went on a ride-along with my dad once before,but it was during the day.Also,it lasts the entire shift,all 8 hours.

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Thank you for all of your responses.I went on a ride-along with my dad once before,but it was during the day.Also,it lasts the entire shift,all 8 hours.



8 hours? Wow. We do 12's where I'm from.