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Subject: Night shift preparation
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02/04/2005 12:22 PM  
Hey guys! Got a question that pertains primarily to you EMS pilots. I'm curious as to how you guys prepare yourselves for your week of night shifts. I recall reading somewhere, I don't remember where, about how EMS pilots were supposed to sleep right before their night shift, to be as rested as possible for the actual shift. That only makes sense. Assuming a standard shift: 7 days on. 7 off, 7 nights on, 7 off, what else can you guys do on the 7 days between your day shift and your night shift? Do you make an attempt to progressively stay up a little later each night during your week off in order to try to retrain your internal clock? Can that be successfully accomplished every 7 days, or is it physiologically impossible for the body to really adapt to a rhythm change like that? And then you have to prepare to get back to your regular day life during the next 7 days that you're off. As difficult as I bet it is to even attempt to make that rhythm change, I'm surprised that the shift changes aren't for longer periods of time. Wouldn't it be a little easier on the body to go for say, 7 days on, 7 off, 7 days on, 7 off, 7 nights on, 7 off, 7 nights on, 7 off, then repeat? Well, you guys are the ones that are actually doing this shift work. So tell me what works best for you, or what might be a better solution. Looking forward to your replies.
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