So I'm a late night worker...

  • Aries5452

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    Nov 15, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    So, I work from 5p to 7a daily. My question is, how do I boost my energy level so I can actually workout on my off days?! I'm really unhappy with the way I look and feel. Not only unhappy for myself but for my boyfriend also!! Help!!
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    Nov 15, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    METH

    -No seriously, I really don't know. I drink a ton of coffee to get motivated that's about it.
    I know how you feel. I work 7:30PM-8:30AM, Fri, Sat, Sun. I have School Mon-Friday about 9-5. I just deal with chronic fatigue, and ambien is my friend.
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    Nov 15, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    become best friends with coffee (or in my case energy drinks) and nyquil works for me
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    Nov 15, 2010 11:44 AM GMT
    I can really relate to your frustration. Ive been on the same shift as you for about 2 years now & no matter how much sleep I get im always tired.

    Theres nothing better than night sleep, my only suggestion would stick to a sleep schedule & dont deviate from it, do all yoi can to trick your body into thinking its night time when you do sleep, and as my screen name suggests....plenty of redbull!

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    Nov 15, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    Given that you have between 7 am to 5 pm them to sleep and do everything else you need to do there should be time after you wake up to work out before you go to work in the first place. Honestly using coffee, energy drinks, etc are not a healthy sustainable way to live. The big issue is not that you work at nights its that you have to efficiently use your time and keep a continuous schedule even on your off days. I'm sure its hard having a social life when you work nights but you should try to keep a continuous schedule of sleep even on your off days. It'll make a difference that's healthy, sustainable, and energy creating. Once you keep a schedule for a bit you'll notice your at the gym more and sleeping regularly. I've done nights before, you just ave to be vigilant, and have the will power, to keep everything to a specific schedule-- or it will all go to crap.
  • mynyun

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    Nov 15, 2010 12:06 PM GMT

    I actually work a similar schedule. I work from 6pm - 4am. Not as long of course but still. Sleep is important. I go to school to and it makes it hard but I like working out after work rather than before. During the week I don't get out much unless I HAVE to run errands or pay bills. But otherwise I wait for the weekends. And it goes by fast.
    I don't use much drinks for caffeine or energy rushes now. I just TRY to maintain a semblance of a good diet and SLEEP.!
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    Nov 15, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    Frs.com

    it's the stuff endorsed by Lance Armstrong. I drink it for work puts and at work when my energy is flagging...even mental energy.
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    Nov 15, 2010 1:00 PM GMT
    I've worked nights, on and off, for much of the last 25 years. I recently spent almost 6 months permanently working 12 hours every night while away on deployment.

    I would say the main thing is not to compromise on quality sleep. Others may not understand your need to sleep for 7 hours during the day, but you have to make them understand, especially if they are trying to eat into your rest time.

    As has already been mentioned, turn day into night. Use blackout curtains and soft earplugs.
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    hauptstimme saidMETH

    -No seriously, I really don't know.


    LMFAO!!
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    Aries5452 saidSo, I work from 5p to 7a daily. My question is, how do I boost my energy level so I can actually workout on my off days?!
    Holy fuck! How many days off do you get?
    Yesterday I was bitching cause I had to work two hours. icon_lol.gif (then again, my job puts great strain on my back, and my herniated disks aren't completely healed yet)
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
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    Aries5452 saidSo, I work from 5p to 7a daily. My question is, how do I boost my energy level so I can actually workout on my off days?!
    Holy fuck! How many days off do you get?
    Yesterday I was bitching cause I had to work two hours. icon_lol.gif (then again, my job puts great strain on my back, and my herniated disks aren't completely healed yet)


    haha…. I get days off here and there….

    Herniated disks?! oy!…… I remember when my Mom had sciatica. That was a really tough time for all of us!
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    Aries5452 said
    paulflexes said
    Aries5452 saidSo, I work from 5p to 7a daily. My question is, how do I boost my energy level so I can actually workout on my off days?!
    Holy fuck! How many days off do you get?
    Yesterday I was bitching cause I had to work two hours. icon_lol.gif (then again, my job puts great strain on my back, and my herniated disks aren't completely healed yet)


    haha…. I get days off here and there….

    Herniated disks?! oy!…… I remember when my Mom had sciatica. That was a really tough time for all of us!
    When I used to work 12hr shifts (along with f/t college + flight school), I'd do circuit training because I had no days off for 2.5 years. It's quick and efficient, leaving plenty time to fuck off doing other stuff (like studying and flying). It won't build much muscle, but it raises your energy level to cope with the demands of daily life.
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    Take a Berocca (vitamin b12 effervescent tablets) daily and get a lot of sunlight. Also stretching helps keep your body awake and avoid being in places were you could fall asleep like the couch or bed. Eating chilli and smelling crushed black pepper helps too.
    I do afternoon-night shifts in an adult store (2pm-10pm) but usually don't get home until 11.30pm and go to bed at 2am so I fit my workouts either before work or afterwards. If there's a slow period at work I'll get on the floor and do crunches and push ups since I work alone.
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    Nov 15, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    When you live the late night life you tend to devote your life to work. I have a buddy up in Delaware that is doing this and trying to take classes to get out but its tough (a lot of the people he worked with would do meth and get enough overtime to bank well over $120k a year which is nice for a factory worker).

    He actually went to sleep before he went to work which would have been from about 11am to 4:30pm. He didn't care to get ready for work... Um, after work he would do yoga in order to straighten his head out and try to get in a good mood for the day. Food choices are kind of scarce during that time period so he or his bf would cook.

    I tend to stop sleeping for 1-2 day periods when my sleep schedules are thrown off this much so I can't begin to imagine what its like. But a big thing that seemed to work for my friend is getting the boyfriend involved. If you have someone there to help you your chances of success greatly increase. Also find people that are working out when you want to. There are gym rats of all sorts out there.
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    Nov 15, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    I used to work nights + full-time student
    What I did is ALWAYS going to bed at 1pm, I would start my day at 9 or 10pm,go to work, then go to class in the morning get some sun and then bed.
    Just dont go to bed after work and you'll be fine!

    p.s. you work 5p to 7a....thats CRAZY!!! Its 12 hours shifts...
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    Nov 15, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    HIT training is designed for short sessions. remember the FITT principle? you can manipulate each of the variables. So if you are reducing Time, Increase intensity. HITT looks at working to failure on one or two sets of an exercise and you can be done in 30-40 mins.