Massachusetts Cop Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,057 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
10 Reasons Not to Skimp on Sleep

By Sarah Baldauf Sarah Baldauf - Thu Oct 16, 5:15 pm ET
You may literally have to add it to your to-do list, but scheduling a good night's sleep could be one of the smartest health priorities you set. It's not just daytime drowsiness you risk when shortchanging yourself on your seven to eight hours. Possible health consequences of getting too little or poor sleep can involve the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. In addition to letting life get in the way of good sleep, between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder--insomnia or sleep apnea, say--that affects daily functioning and impinges on health. Consider the research:

1) Less may mean more. For people who sleep under seven hours a night, the fewer zzzz's they get, the more obese they tend to be, according to a 2006 Institute of Medicine report. This may relate to the discovery that insufficient sleep appears to tip hunger hormones out of whack. Leptin, which suppresses appetite, is lowered; ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, gets a boost.

2) You're more apt to make bad food choices. A study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that people with obstructive sleep apnea or other severely disordered breathing while asleep ate a diet higher in cholesterol, protein, total fat, and total saturated fat. Women were especially affected.

3) Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance, its precursor, may become more likely. A 2005 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people getting five or fewer hours of sleep each night were 2.5 times more likely to be diabetic, while those with six hours or fewer were 1.7 times more likely.

4) The ticker is put at risk. A 2003 study found that heart attacks were 45 percent more likely in women who slept for five or fewer hours per night than in those who got more.

5) Blood pressure may increase. Obstructive sleep apnea, for example, has been associated with chronically elevated daytime blood pressure, and the more severe the disorder, the more significant the hypertension, suggests the 2006 IOM report. Obesity plays a role in both disorders, so losing weight can ease associated health risks.

6) Auto accidents rise. As stated in a 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 20 percent of serious car crash injuries involve a sleepy driver--and that's independent of alcohol use.

7) Balance is off. Older folks who have trouble getting to sleep, who wake up at night, or are drowsy during the day could be 2 to 4.5 times more likely to sustain a fall, found a 2007 study in the Journal of Gerontology.

8) You may be more prone to depression. Adults who chronically operate on fumes report more mental distress, depression, and alcohol use. Adolescents suffer, too: One survey of high school students found similarly high rates of these issues. Middle schoolers, too, report more symptoms of depression and lower self-esteem.

9) Kids may suffer more behavior problems. Research from an April issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that children who are plagued by insomnia, short duration of sleeping, or disordered breathing with obesity, for example, are more likely to have behavioral issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

10) Death's doorstep may be nearer. Those who get five hours or less per night have approximately 15 percent greater risk of dying--regardless of the cause--according to three large population-based studies published in the journals Sleep and the Archives of General Psychiatry.
 

·
I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.
Joined
·
18,540 Posts
As I read this, I nibbled on chocolate cake and pizza, washing them down with vodka, which I also used to take my BP pills. Once I stopped sobbing and picked myself off the floor again I realized that maybe some of that stuff is true.

I guess over 20 years of working the overnight shift DOES take a toll. Well, I just hope the next 20 go smoother.

Seriously, good story and very informative. Though I can definately see some of myself in that article, I'm thankful that I fell into the groove and my body copes with the hours better than someone who is on that shift either by lack of choice, or who want to 'try' it and just can't do it but are stuck until the next round of bids.
 

·
Subscribing Member
Joined
·
2,201 Posts
This is why those of us on mids need to go to the gym after we get off or well drop dead two days after retirement! I have been on mids for about 6yrs and I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. When its quiet and all of a sudden there is a hot call, your body goes from 0 to 60 and that is not good, cardio is a good way to keep yourself strong so you dont fuck up your body.
 

·
I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.
Joined
·
18,540 Posts
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.........wha you say? Oh, is the shit...SHIFT over? Time to go home and drink...er..sleep.

I'm just glad I can grab a morning detail to help pay my liquor bills. Oh, and other stuff.


lmao

Oh, Macop, I honestly agree with you and there was a time when I did go work out after work. I honestly did feel good but then the bills piled up and I had that choice of 4 hours of detail pay or 2 hours of working out. Working out was the smarter thing, but the detail was the more profitable and eventually I just cancelled my membership at the Y. This is not a smart thing to do, but it works for me and having a DNR in my pocket at all times, even in my late 40s, is what I call, GOOD PLANNING. I'm the only Jim I hit these days and sure, I know I'll pay for it in the long run. My luck I'll have a lousy stroke (instead of the massive coronary I'm hoping for) and be a burden on my family and have no means of escape from my wife.


Oh, that was awful.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,057 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I went to the movies yeterday with a buddy of mine thats on the Dept im hopefully getting on ..he was literally snoring 10 mins into the flick...I was laughing my ass off...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
89 Posts
The biggest problem with working overnights and sleeping during the day is that your body doesn't get enough sunlight. When your body doesn't get enough sunlight, you stop producing enough serotonin which leads to things like depression and fatigue. I feel like absolute shit after doing it for the past 3 years but I can't seem to break the cycle of going to bed around 8am and getting up when the sun starts to go down.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,057 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I have been working the nightshift for like 8 yrs and have never had a problem..especially since im single and dont have a wife or kids yelling take me to the mall or can we go out...why are you always sleeping...that shit kills me..I do have to empathize with you guys..it must be vey difficult to get 3 or 5 hrs sleep all the time..its unhealthy and dangerous....but thats part of what makes you guys so great the willingness to screw up you lives for others....
 

·
I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.
Joined
·
18,540 Posts
Hey, how many of you who work nights refer to the time you spend in bed as a 'nap'? I got in the habit years ago and my wife calls it the same thing. Every now and then it hits me, is it a damn NAP when you sleep all night? NO! It's going to bed. That's all I'M doing.

Wierd. I often manage about 5 hours a day. Some days less, some a lot more. That extra 20 minutes is AWSOME!

All those nights I'd get out of bed and stand in the shower saying to myself, "I wish I could just go back to bed." caught up with me one day. One day, on my last day on I held on until late in the afternoon and took my nap. (last day on I only want about 3 hours since I can sleep all night) I got up at the usual time as if going to work. I jumped in the shower and then, WENT BACK TO BED! I swear to God, it was one of the best feelings and I slept so great that night.

I intend to do this again and should make a regular thing of it, say 3-4 times a year, but that one time, so many years ago, was fan-freakin'-tastic. I know it sound pretty screwed up, but man, I cannot stress the simple satisfaction.

But don't get me wrong, there are way too many reasons I've stayed on this shift for over 20 years and won't leave. I just love the little things.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,057 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I always do that ....I leave my alarm clock set on my days off so I can smirk and crawl back in bed...very good feeling....maybe this should be in the bizarre habits section.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
359 Posts
I can't imagine not working nights and we have the swing shift in my department which after 6 yrs in the Army and two deployments to Iraq is still hard on my body. Days from what I hear on the radio during details isn't as fun, I think I will stick with nights for as long as I can. Thanks for the post though, I can see some of that already sucking me in.
 

·
I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.
Joined
·
18,540 Posts
On my department, you spend DAYS taking dumb reports, driving admin. people here and there, fighting horrendous traffic and ducking the bosses. Plus there are only so many places you can park for a few and just chill or read the paper and worst yet, getting any kind of snooze in is impossible!

I deal with virtually no traffic, no bosses, very few 'escorts' and can almost always doze for a few minutes to pass the time and recharge the battery. I can park in the middle of the busiest streets and no one comes along and if I see something that needs a second look, I can BACK UP not circle the block and potentially miss something. Sure, more drunks and weirdos and there's a little more real crime, but that's fine with me.

It's all in what you make of it and if you can deal with the hours. I can and I do and I have no regrets.

P.S. GodblessTheArmy, thank you for your service. Stay home now, you've done your share. One of our guys is over there now and the sooner he's back, the better.
 

·
sleepy and on a no dunkins diet
Joined
·
109 Posts
Anytime Fitness. I go at 930 everyother night. Place is empty. Feel great going into work after. There are the nights I am wondering why I am there after 4 hours of sleep getting ready to deal with a Friday night, but who can say no to a 8 hour detail. I cant. Days off, a couple of miller light sleeping pills make up for it. lol
 

·
Subscribing Member
Joined
·
2,550 Posts
I call my day time sleep a nap. I usually get around 5 hours a day but have been known to sleep for 10 or 11 if possible. However I also have day like today were i'm working on 2 hours of sleep. My biggest problem is falling back to sleep standing in the shower, god bless nights!!!
 

·
Subscribing Member
Joined
·
2,201 Posts
kilvinsky, I hear ya brother. Like I said, I try to get in the gym 3/4 days a week, but like you said the details are way to tempting. Not to mention the guys that are on my rotation like to frequent certain "establishments" at around 11 am, makes for a great nap after a couple, two/three if you know what I mean.

But since I go to school fulltime, almost done thank god, and of course frequent the "establishments" with my partners in crime I still get 2 days a week which aint bad. Cardio does make you feel pretty dam good though. I usually try to sleep right when I get home, go to the gym and then class, for the most part it works out ok, and I take OT and details here and there. Keeps my hours low so I can pick and choose what I want.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,210 Posts
I miss working mids. I actually had a really hard time adjusting back to a days/eves rotation. Luckily, when I go back around May-ish I'll be back on mids, probably forever. But I sleep really well during the day. I can normally sleep 10-12 hours no problem. I have to force myself to get up and go for a run. Usually on my friday I'll either stay up so I sleep at night, or go right to sleep and stay catatonic for about 20 - 21 hours.

Although I think all of this will change when the baby is born. I'll have to really readjust!
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top