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    15 years of shift work has affected many of us that worked at Saturn when it first opened.

    It was insane we were either getting up at 3:45 am or getting home at 3:45 am.

    I still wake up between 3:00 and 4:00am and it's been a long time since I worked that shift.

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    Shift work sucks. By the time you get your body normalized for day shift, here comes night shift. I worked 12 hour rotation for nearly 15 years. I was always lacking energy. Now I have an anemia and lack energy which feels a lot like the drag I had when working. They say shift work takes 7-15 years off one's life. I guess I don't have a lot longer, but the chemical exposure is likely worse than the shift work. I'm SURE it's what gave me the blood cancer I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Shift work sucks. By the time you get your body normalized for day shift, here comes night shift. I worked 12 hour rotation for nearly 15 years. I was always lacking energy. Now I have an anemia and lack energy which feels a lot like the drag I had when working. They say shift work takes 7-15 years off one's life. I guess I don't have a lot longer, but the chemical exposure is likely worse than the shift work. I'm SURE it's what gave me the blood cancer I have.
    It's been proven that rotating day and night shifts is non-productive and even dangerous since WWII. It's astounding that it is still practiced.
    Solvent, petrochemical and other chemical exposure is a biological insult to the cellular system that is cumulative and exhibits itself in later life with abnormal cell replication. My favorite uncle growing up was a gas station owner, pumping petrol and fixing engines (no doubt degreasing parts with gasoline) all the while smoking cigs. He developed emphysema and died from it in his early 40's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Practical Shooter View Post
    I suspected I could have had sleep apnea when I woke up multiple times at night with a dry mouth (probably due to snoring).
    Before deciding to do a sleep study, I made sure I stopped eating 2 to 3 hours before going to bed, to let my entire body relax and not to have to work during my sleep. It worked like a charm. I now sometime wake up at 4/5 hours during my sleep (possibly a between REM) without a dry mouth, and often never wake up, getting very good night sleep of 8 to 9 hours.
    I am not saying I had sleep apnea, I am not saying it works for everyone, but I found out, going to bed on a working stomach doesn't help, and it keeps your body hot, as such, makes it harder to fall asleep.

    With the group we have here nobody wants to hear about never waking up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangBang View Post
    With the group we have here nobody wants to hear about never waking up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjrjar View Post
    My daughter-in-law was advised to take a sleep study and then her doctor told her she needed to buy a cpap from him, or he wold have to tell the DMV to revoke her drivers license because she might fall asleep while behind the wheel. When I was advised to take a sleep study I refused. That sounded like an extortion racket to me...she had to buy the machine to keep her drivers license and never uses it.

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    That is a racket there. Seizure patients don’t even get there’s revoked half the time. Sounds like that MD Could get in some trouble.


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    That Dr DOES need to get into a lot of trouble. Should have been reported to the state Medical licensure board!! I've run across several docs who try to be the "one stop shopping" Med clinic and they deliver the worst care.

    And I've managed numerous epileptics over the years. I never recommend pulling their license unless the seizures are uncontrollable, And, even then I just tell a family member to take their keys.
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    I've used a CPAP since '97, and it worked for me. My next study will be this coming Sunday night at our local hospital. I've lost a 170lbs in the last 15 years. Which has prompted my 4th study for this Sunday night.

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    Sleep studies stink, had one long ago to confirm some sleep apnea. Since then I've spent more nights than I care to remember in a hospital bed with a cardiac monitor attached and the last few had alarms on the bed that wouldn't even let me get out of bed. During those times I would have people coming and going all hours of the night and of course the worst was every 2 to 4 hours when they would come in for blood draws to check enzymes.
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    Looks like there's no way in God's green Earth you're going to fall asleep without chemical help. I love the sleep "tests." You're hooked up to so many wires you can serve as an antenna farm and yet they expect you to sleep. Just sayin'.
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    I have become somewhat claustrophobic, tried for about a month to wear the mask. Felt like I was being suffocated. They want me to go again, but I think it's a big waste if I can't use it. Had to take Ambien to fall asleep.

    My Wife wears hers every night. Saved our marriage for sure. The girl snored like a grisly bear.

    I have an old machine. Would they be able to upgrade this one or would I have to get new?

    I'm not sure not waking up one morning would be a bad way to go.
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