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    It seems like there are quite a few guys in my firehouse who complain about how poorly they "sleep" while at work. Personally, I know that I never really sleep. I'm always popping right out of bed when the bells go off or the alarm clock goes off for shift change. Even nights when we don't have runs, I find myself run down and needing a nap the day after the shift. Anybody doing anything legal to help them sleep better at the firehouse? Thanks.

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    i don't sleep well at the station either. it can be very frustrating to see other guys just hop in to bed and pass right out. i try not to over do it on the naps though at work or at home. if i sleep during the day i am less likely to sleep well the night before my shift or the night of my shift.

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    I guess it's all in your mental state of mind.

    My first few months, I bet I didn't sleep an hour in the firehouse. After a few months, I slept lightly. Then after my second or third year, there were times when guys would have to kick my bed to wake my *** up for the bells (rare, but it happened....)

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    Back when I was on shift, I could never sleep. 10 years of counting ceiling tile and listening to the other guys snore or talk in their sleep. I finally figured out that if I work out some before lights out that it helped. I managed to get about three hours of sleep each night the last couple of years before going to days.

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    get a fan. it drowns out a lot of noise. they used to bother me, just like every other single little noise that would keep me up, but I swear by them now. one of the best is the little circular honeywell ones because they're compact and you can aim them different ways (like straight up so you get the noise but not the draft). they're at walmart, walgreens, etc.

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    I guess I'm just lucky. For the past three years, I've been assigned to busy stations with at least two (or three) companies in them. I sleep well at the FD, and when the station is alerted, I can spring up, start to get dressed, and if the call is for another rig, I can lay back down and be fast asleep again within a couple of minutes.

    As Reebok says, there are a lot of guys that swear by the fan. At my last station, the guy next to me slept with 3 fans going! It did help drown out a lot of the bothersome noise I found out.
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    something that helped me a lot was to get some exercise, even walking around the station for 20-30 minutes helped me sleep a lot better at night.

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    i dont know if this helps any, but i used to sleep in a sleeping bag..made it easy for overtime and details to other stations and alot of guys did it/do it.. but i barely slept, a senior guy suggested i make my bed the same way i do at home sheets, etc... i sleep ten times better now

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    I usualy get on my lap top and look at porn hub for a bit. Beating off usualy relaxes me so I can sleep.

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    You get to sleep at work, every time I lie down the damn tones drop.

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    If I get two minutes I'm out. I know I'm going to be up no matter what during the night, so whenever I can sleep i do. The best sleep I get is EMS classes, I know we are out of service and the class is a waist of time, just a filler to get my CEU's. sign my name and curl up in a chair or table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plugugly3 View Post
    I usualy get on my lap top and look at porn hub for a bit. Beating off usualy relaxes me so I can sleep.
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    Before she went out on a disability I used beat off in Linda's rack, her bunk was right next to mine. I soo should have done her whien i had the chance.

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    Other than relaxing by beating off...........Most calls are EMS related and for the most part you can sleep through 99% of those.

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    A pretty extensive study was done here in Indy on the effects of sleep and heart rate. I'll post a link when the final results are out. I pretty much confirmed that our bodies are on "alert" while sleeping at the firehouse and heart rates are effected before, during, and waking for the alarm. They said rates begin to rise after dinner in anticipation of the nighttime ritual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plugugly3 View Post
    Before she went out on a disability I used beat off in Linda's rack, her bunk was right next to mine. I soo should have done her whien i had the chance.
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    I can't sleep at the firehouse either. Fans definately help, but still can't get to sleep. And for the guy above who posted about the heartrates, I definately agree with that. My normal resting hr is about 52-55 bpm, but definately higher when the night winds down.

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