How did you guys prepare for a shift change

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Partion, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Partion

    Partion Member

    I got hired for a preload position that starts at 3am. Ive been on a normal sleeping schedule for a while now.

    How did you guys get enough rest to not be a zombie for that first shift?
  2. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    Everything will fall in line. The first day of the week will be the worst. But after you go the first day everything falls in line. You’ll be tired and need to sleep. I deal with the same thing in feeders.
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  3. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    Go to bed earlier.
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  4. Partion

    Partion Member

    I have a lot of friends who drive trucks. Your sleeps probably all kinds of :censored2:ed. Thanks for the advice
  5. Partion

    Partion Member

    Wait I can do that? :censored2: pal id never think of that. Lucky to have you
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  6. eats packages

    eats packages I have depth perception issues

    I'm still up.
    If you can't get enough sleep before work, sleep immediately after. Preload is not rocket science...
    Aim for 4.5 hours before, 4.5 hours after if you ain't feeling sleepy by 6PM
  7. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Deal with it the way I deal with jet lag. Just stay up the first day until your new bedtime. Staying up til 2 am isn't too tough, then just get ready and head into work. You'll be so busy you won't even think about being tired. The hard part might be after, depending on what your new sleep schedule will be.
  8. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    I've been around for a long time. Yes, they look like zombies.
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  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Go to bed at 7 pm.

    I mean you're only working 4 hours. It's not that hard to fight thru for a few hours.
  10. Staydryitsraining

    Staydryitsraining Well-Known Member

    No freaking way
  11. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Then no crying like a little beotch .
  12. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    i drank monster every day i was on the preload (3 years) i never fully adapted then

    now that i’m older it’s actually easier go figure
  13. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Most importantly try to go to bed and wake up around the same time. Your body will adjust.
  14. GenericUsername

    GenericUsername Active Member

    I went to bed between 10 and 11, slept the few hours before work and then went in. After work, come home and shower, eat something (assuming you didn't before work) and then crash for a few hours. Wake up around 1 or 2 feeling refreshed and knock out everything you need to. You may need a PT job. If you're not used to the early hours or the work that goes with it, try to get something in the afternoon around 4ish to whatever time you can find.
  15. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    When I went from PC to feeders, all there was was night jobs. Got some darkening curtains. Put a note next to my doorbell that said "unless this house is on fire, DO NOT ring this doorbell", along with my no solicitors sign. I unplugged my phone (land line days). I talked to my neighbor, who is a pilot and home prolly 20 days a month to please not mow his grass in the AM, and he agreed. After a while, my body adjusted to the point where I didn't even use an alarm, I just woke up when I needed to. I also went straight to bed when I got home at 4am, that way, if I had to run any kind of errands, I could do it during business hours before I left for work.
  16. old levi's

    old levi's I used to care... but things have changed

    I went to preload at 0300 hours, had about 1.5 hours off for breakfast, went back to work at 1000 hours until 1900. Two days during the week I would commute 60 miles one way, after the second job, to complete my degree.

    Good times!
  17. frank123

    frank123 New Member

    You might feel like crap right around two weeks in. That’s when new people sometimes no call on accident or even think they’re sick bc they feel like crap. You could put your phone across the room or something so you don’t just turn off your alarm and knock back out.

    If you’re a caffeine drinker, limiting that can help your body figure out a sleep cycle. It also helps when eventually you really need to wake up for something and you’re not completely desensitized to it lol.
  18. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Say you start Monday at 3AM. Stay up all Night Saturday and push through sunday til about 5:30-6:30PM(that's your new bedtime assuming you get up at 2am, and have a short commute, don't worry about showering til after your shift.... ;) but do brush your teeth, nobody needs that in the unload.
  19. PappyLand

    PappyLand Active Member

    Just sniff some coke and you’ll be good.
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  20. Partion

    Partion Member

    A lot of people tell me that! I’m definitely gonna try it!! Thanks