need high energy foods for graveyard shift

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  1. just a shooter

    just a shooter

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    I am going to be new on the graveyard shift, what are some foods that will keep my energy up so that I can stay alert.

    I don't do coffee.
     
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    Fruits and tree nuts always worked for me.

    I take Planters Deluxe mixed nuts and pour them in a freezer bag. Add to that Sunmaid golden raisins and semi sweet chocolate morsels. Mix it up real good.

    Beef jerky was also good for me. Are you going to be able to keep stuff cool or are you mainly looking for snack items?

    Salads with lean meats should work too. Drink lots of water.

    I don't do caffeine either. I am doing a low carb thing to maintain a lower weight and get these little frozen chinese dinners (Tai Pei?) and they have a general Tso's chicken that has no rice in it. I can microwave one of those and it gives me a ton of energy and is spicy to boot.

    Make sure that your sleeping quarters are void of all light. That is one of the tricks to working third shift. Got to block out all light, at least I did, to get a restful sleep cycle going.
     

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    B vitamins help. The powder vitamin mix EmergencyC works for me.
    Be careful between 3am-5am. This seems to be when the body really
    wants to sleep.
     
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    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    you ever tried those 5 hour energy drinks? might be a good idea for the first few shifts
     
  5. BradD

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    Is that a long term plan? Jacking oneself up on some kind of chemical to stay awake when the human body really wants to sleep sounds unhealthy if done for long.

    That being typed, I'd try an apple plus a little caffeine and a lot of water. I don't think anything will work "well" though. I'd stay away from starch and processed sugars.
     
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    I've worked all shifts and can tell you that you'll get used to it after a few weeks. If you do need a little help, Mt Dew, Rockstars, or other energy drinks with lots of caffein will help, but its best to drink them through out the night rather than just pound one when you get there. If you pound one you will have lots of energy for a while, but then you will crash later. If you drink one all night it will keep your energy level constant. The worst time will be after lunch so you may want to drink more then. Thats the only thing I found that helped me. I hope you wont be on graveyard for long. It really screws up your life and sleeping habits, but it pays the bills I guess.
     
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    OP just eat a balanced diet and get your rest.
     
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    Change your sleep schedule. It's no harder to stay awake at night than in the middle of the day. Tghe mistake most people make is trying to have both a day luife and a night life, so they just don't sleep enough.
     
  9. just a shooter

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    oh, forgot to mention, my schedule will be 3 nights grave two days day shift with only one (complete 24 Hrs)day off.

    got to love LEO work.:upeyes:
     
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    DR. HOUSE Everybody Lies

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    trail mix, jerkey, honey, peanut butter sandwiches..
     
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    gtrcivic Hokie Glocker

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    dried fruit, trail mix...
     
  12. sawgrass

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    I used to work seven nights, two days off, three afternoons, two days off,
    three day shifts, two days off and then back to seven nights.

    I was once on a date and slept through a live performance of Miss Saigon.

    That schedule did not coincide with having a life. We were all divorced.

    Like stated earlier, eat as healthy as possible, avoid quick fixes, and
    make your sleeping area dark and as quiet as possible. It's a devil when
    your body can't find some type of schedule.