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This really sucks
j_b From: j_b Date: February 4th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've been living a similarly shitty pattern for the past several weeks (I work a 4 day night shift, 11:30p-9:30a). The nastiest thing about sleep dep and stress is the tendency for them to become a vicious circle, because I find that when I get home, even if I should be exhausted, I end up laying there with my mind spinning, and if I get online, I can piss away hours. I bought some costco brand sleeping pills, but I only take 'em when I've got a clear 9 hrs of uninterrupted sleep available to me. I also bought a mask to stop me from seeing the sunlight that comes into my room through the closed curtains. But it still sucks.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 4th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah - I get home after working long hours, I'm fucking exhausted - but I can't just go to sleep. Because my mind is like a wound up flywheel and it takes a while to spin down. If I try to go to bed like that it just induces insomnia, I'll toss and turn until I *can't* sleep, then I'm fucked.

I either have to unwind - watch some TiVo, surf, etc - or I have to be literally exhausted to the 'pass out' point where I just drop if I let myself so much as blink. Of course, that makes driving home at night fun.