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kstaron
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9/16/2015 | 5:58:43 PM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
The blue light from the TV or computer screen tricks the body into thinking is is daylight, so I completely get the shift to a 36 or 48 hour day. I read someone's experiment where they did not use artificial light at all for a month. He mentioned a researcher that found people told to sleep for 14 hours, they found themselves waking in the middle of the night, having an hour or two of not sleep but rest, then falling back asleep again. But with electronic devices we often get up from that first cycle and don't go back to sleep. Sleep may not be something we understand completely yet, but it does seem that we all need to get more of it.
soozyg
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9/15/2015 | 9:23:24 AM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
awake 36 hours and 12 hours of sleep

But isn't that totally unnatural for the body? Just like night shifts are unnatural for the body?
Brian.Dean
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9/14/2015 | 5:06:40 AM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
@soozyg, yes, during an insomnia episode it is extremely tempting to switch on a PC and log-in a few work hours, complete a business related market report or complete a course assignment. The outcome of it is that the body tends to switch towards a 36-hour sleep cycle that is similar to the sleep cycle of astronauts and it becomes quite different to switch back to a 24-hour cycle if meetings or class attendance is not compatible with a 36-hour sleep cycle.

Professionals from the aviation industry are also likely to change their sleep cycles. For instance, I know a few individuals that switch onto a 48-hour cycle (awake 36 hours and 12 hours of sleep) if the duty roster includes a long flight. It is not that the duty roster calls for a 36-hour shift but, fatigue is the factor that does not allow the individuals to fall off to sleep.
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9/10/2015 | 7:33:40 PM
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@soozyg- I'm not sure there is a study on whether teachers get sick less. I looked for it and couldn't find it. My experience with teachers is that they are always sick but can't call in sick, but that is entirely anecdotal.
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9/10/2015 | 7:30:04 PM
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@Gary_El- That isn't noon cracking. That's the rest of us opening our lunch boxes. :)
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9/10/2015 | 8:51:47 AM
exposure
I believe teachers --especially lower grade teachers like preschool thru 1st grade--battle germs all the time. And in my experience they're rarely sick. I was told that after years of being in the profession they're just immune.....
soozyg
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9/10/2015 | 8:48:42 AM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
@jastroff

I think it's due to their mentality. The better the coder, the more wacky the hours. 

How shall I put this....? In my experience working with them, coder brains tend to veer to the non standard and non-regular. It's just the way their brains work.
soozyg
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9/10/2015 | 8:43:39 AM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
IT and sleep do not go well because, a PC is all that is required to work on a report, code, complete documentation, communicate and upgrade skills.

@Brian.Dean, are you saying that because a PC could be within reach at bedside that it's so easy for IT professionals to reach over and just start working, thus reducing sleep ?
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9/10/2015 | 8:28:03 AM
Re: IT and Sleep Make Strange Bedfellows ...
Glad to hear that you eventually learned that lesson. Now you have a responsibility to help younger IT staff learn that earlier than you did. As the 900-year-old Jedi master stated, pass on what you have learned.
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9/9/2015 | 11:13:28 PM
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"...Demand will always outpace supply. Each of us in IT has to learn how to balance our personal needs for health, family, etc. with the demands of the job. Or, find another employer that is more balanced."

 

@jagibbons    That is great advice and words of wisdom.    I wish I had realized that 15 years ago, when I thought my career would actually amount to something.  Sure I have achieved more than most but it pales in comparison to the years lost being loyal to a companies that had little to no intention of ever being loyal back.   

 That is a hard lesson to learn, but I finally learned ( even though it still goes against my values ) but what do values have to do with business ?   

So it is not too late to do exactly as you state, find balance to fit it all in or find another company.  

Period.

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