Sleep... Glorious Sleep

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    Aug 13, 2008 3:59 AM GMT
    I don't know about you, but I find that when I work somewhere in excess of 72-80 hours a week, my productivity takes a massive hit and I start making REALLY STUPID MISTAKES. At a hundred+ hours I turn into a zombie.

    The past week and a half have been absolute hell, and we are supposed to be on vacation.

    Iain has literally taken away my phone, laptop, and shut down the Servers on a couple of occasions when he thought I was too far gone - and falling asleep over the keyboard.

    Looking back, I don't know how I ever managed to pull endless all nighters... but I can't do it any more.

    What is your limit? Or are you like the energiser bunny (just keeps going, and going, and going...)?

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    Aug 13, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    uh ohhh...what's this leading up to?

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    Hang in there guy. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    This is why I giggle whenever I see those ITT ads on t.v. -- they mention how their graduates are livin' out their dreams, and that their families are so proud of them.

    But somehow they seem to never mention the all-nighters, the weight-gain, the unrelenting phone calls and emails.

    And overtime hours without overtime pay.

    Sleep is vital. I hope it all works out for you.
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    Well learn a very important rule...

    Working hard doesn't equal to working long hours. Working hard equals working smart. If you can do more in less time, figure out a way to do so, and DO IT.
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:24 PM GMT
    Being an insomniac I have a very high limit for lack of sleep. It is not time spent at work though (I work 40-45 hours per week), it is time being conscious.

    I think I can get by on 2 hours sleep three nights in a row before I finally crash.

    On my trip to Italy in 2006 I was awake for 35 consecutive hours and only slept 7 hours in an 81 hour period, but still needed to take gravol to put me to sleep.

    I have a sneaky feeling this lack of sleep is starting to take years off my life expectancy even though I am in excellent physical shape for my age.
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    I was able to do that in college and shortly thereafter. Bud, you're 46, not 21. Hopefully you're hourly, not salaried.
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    ITJock saidI don't know about you, but I find that when I work somewhere in excess of 72-80 hours a week, my productivity takes a massive hit and I start making REALLY STUPID MISTAKES. At a hundred+ hours I turn into a zombie.


    Congrats! You're a slave!
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    In a full three day period (72 hours), I had once been awake for about 67 hours in one swoop. Typically, being up for 48 hours with no sleep is my limit. And when I crash, I crash HARD!
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    I cant see the point of living a life like that.
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    When I was in college I would sleep from around 6pm - 9pm, waiting until 1 or 2am to do my homework (1 - 5am is when I'm my most creative). When I was working for a designer, it wasn't uncommon to work 16 hours a day 7 days a week, especially coming up on a show.

    After a few years working as a make-up artist, I remember that it felt like being on vacation when I only worked 60 hours or so in a week.

    I just don't have that kind of energy anymore. Now I only work 45-50 hours a week. That's enough.
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    That just sounds like ABSOLUTELY NO FUN and NOT worth it I don't care HOW much money they're paying!! FUCK THAT SHIT!!!
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
    I need my sleep. I've been really busy this week and getting about four hours of sleep a night, and even after an entire pot of coffee this morning I stood outside my office door clicking the 'unlock' button on the keyfob to my car wondering why my office door didn't open.

    I never have been able to get by on no sleep. Even in college, I'd get to a point where I just said 'fuck it, I don't care...I'm sleeping, consequences be damned.'
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    I am never late at packing up my desk....dont wanna be late for leaving early!

    And for god's sakes, dont stand in the way of the door...you trying to commit suicide!!!! ... icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    zdrew saidI need my sleep. I've been really busy this week and getting about four hours of sleep a night, and even after an entire pot of coffee this morning I stood outside my office door clicking the 'unlock' button on the keyfob to my car wondering why my office door didn't open.

    I never have been able to get by on no sleep. Even in college, I'd get to a point where I just said 'fuck it, I don't care...I'm sleeping, consequences be damned.'


    Zdrew I was like that in University, but starting in my late 30's my sleeping patterns started to change. Add in the side-effects of two drugs and I am a walking zombie somedays. It does not impact my work, but at home I am a disaster about to happen. I sometimes leave my underwear on the closet floor after working out, or try and open the dishwasher when it is running, or forget to turn off the hotplate on the stove (that is dangerous).

    My partner sometimes complains how spaced out I am. I respond "I am tired", his answer is "you are always tired". That is when I bite my tongue.
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    [quote]Hunter9 said
    Congrats! You're a slave![/quote]

    What makes it worse is that I own my own company - basically the only person I work for is myself, or my clients...
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    ITJock said[quote]Hunter9 said
    Congrats! You're a slave!


    What makes it worse is that I own my own company - basically the only person I work for is myself, or my clients...[/quote]

    That makes sense then. People that have their own businesses quite often work long hours. I am a civil servant so long hours is not always the rule. Once I worked 21 hours straight though due to a deadline. In 2002 I worked 12-14 hours a day for 7 straight weeks due to a strike. I think it took me over two years to totally recover.
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    I worked for far too many years at a company that expected 100 hour work weeks. We once did a field project with a couple of other companies and they eventually got really mad about it. Something about poor decisions being made and quality of work declining. They started putting days off into the project requirements.

    Now that I work for myself I have kind of a rule that only rote repetitive stuff gets done after 20:00. Otherwise, too many errors start creeping in, and I end up doing it all over tomorrow.

    Screwing off on-line and enjoying a tall latte right now, because I know that a big shipment of samples is going to come in at noon, and I'll be in the lab until midnight. I may even go ride my bike for a while.