Tag Alertness

How to Stay Awake on a Night Shift | 5 Tips from eHow.com

How to Stay Awake on a Night Shift | eHow.com.

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    Take care of your body. Fuel your body with proper nutrition and plenty of water. Get enough sleep before your shift. Take some time to relax after work instead of going straight to sleep. You’ll experience better rest and more energy.

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    Exercise regularly. Keep your body in shape with a physical activity you enjoy, such as walking, aerobics or team sports. Your quality of sleep and alertness on the job improve when your body remains active.

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    Dim the lights in your home as much as possible. This aids better sleep during the day and eases your transition into working hours after dark.

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    Drink coffee. A small dose of caffeine can increase your level of alertness without a huge crash. A study conducted by Dr. James Wyatt, a professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, demonstrated that small amounts of caffeine taken at regular intervals keep people awake and alert. The amount of caffeine in a quarter cup of coffee every hour provided a boost in performance to subjects during the study.

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    Sprint down the hallway. If you catch yourself falling asleep and all else fails, find a straightaway and sprint as fast as you can. In a short distance and in only a few seconds, your heart will begin to race and you will be wide awake.


Read more: How to Stay Awake on a Night Shift | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7238641_stay-awake-night-shift.html#ixzz1Sb9AK11N

Lack of Sleep Promotes Cheating! 5 Tips for Ethical Behavior.

People who cheated in an experiment had slept an average of 22.39 minutes less the night before than non-cheaters, according to research led by Christopher M. Barnes of Virginia Tech. The study, in which cheaters over-reported their scores on a test in order to gain financial advantage, shows that low levels of sleep are associated with unethical behavior. Managers who demand results that require employees to stay up late and miss sleep may be increasing the likelihood that workers will fudge results and engage in other forms of cheating, the researchers suggest.

– From Harvard Business Review June 24, 2011

We all have experienced this. We have been working on this project for a while. The presentation is tomorrow. We feel that our case can be more compelling if we bend the truth a little. We convince ourselves saying that this is in the best interest of the company. What can one do to prevent such unethical behavior? Here are a few tips.

1. Promote sound sleep of sufficient duration in yourself and in your colleagues. Use these Twelve tips for Sound Sleep routinely.

2. Be cognizant of the untoward effect of insufficient sleep on ethical behavior and try to resist that temptation to bend the truth. Use LAMP (Leader’s Alertness Maximization Plan) to maximize alertness even when sleep deprived.

3. A prior study did show that leaders who were high on Emotional Intelligence were able to counteract this effect partially. Work on your Emotional Intelligence (intrapersonal management, interpersonal management, motivation, and social skills.)

4.   Use these 4 tips, and cure procrastination. It is the procrastination that makes you stay up at night prior to the big meeting and then bend the truth, fudge the numbers, or distort the reality in the name of greater good. Avoid it. Worship truth and you will be amazed.

5. And lastly, my all-time favorite, develop a deep and unshakable faith in the Almighty that the truth shall always prevail.

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