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Anyone else have trouble sleeping when a storm is due?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Maleko, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Maleko

    Maleko Senior Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 781

    Even if its only a few inches. I just cant sleep. I can be totally ready, salt loaded plow on etc.. and I'm always watching radar, watching news for forecast , yep its the same as the last forecast :laughing:
    Even if i know its gonna be a big one or just a dusting i think i secretly love it getting myself all amped up.
    Ill check my alarm a dozen times , yep its still set.
  2. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    You are certainly NOT alone!! Depending on the timing of a storm, sometimes I don't get any sleep leading up to it. It's really irritating too!!
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 722

    I couldn't sleep before this last "storm" last night. I slept for maybe an hour before my alarm went off, then it went off every hour after that so I could check for snow..... the snow that never came :dizzy:
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Anything under a 2 ft of snow ,I don't bother worrying .
  5. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    Use to not any more now I have the crews down to how long it takes I wake up if I see snow I make the calls if not back to bed and let my guys sleep
    I don't know what changed but now I don't worry or not sleep
    I still watch the weather ever 2 minutes but bed time is bed time
    Problaly that the weather man are always wrong I don't believe them any more I trust my eyes not the local news
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Soild sleep this year in Chicago
  7. vlc

    vlc Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    It's the same thing for me, Maleko. I'll end up only getting about an hour of sleep, but I don't feel tired at all while plowing. Except when I'm done with my route. That's when I crash on the couch!
  8. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    I feel the same way, It's amazing how my body wakes me up every two hours when it suppose to snow. No alarm needed.
  9. Deut2210a

    Deut2210a Member
    Messages: 39

    what old dog said

    But I am waiting for that first snow of the year like a kid waits for Christmas! I try to keep my costs under control, sit tight, still be ready and leave the weather to the Lord.
  10. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    I'll set my radio alarm, then set my cell phone alarm for about 20 min after the radio is gonna go off.

    I usually wake up just before the first alarm goes off. " It's like I know when to wake up" - sub conscience working overtime?? :sleeping:
  11. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    My worst time is post-storm...I sleep awful, always thinking my phone will ring, customer calling because they moved their car and want me to come back, or wondering if I can come back because their neighbor needs plowing, or my favorite "you didn't leave a bill." These are all great reasons to call...LATER. And that neighbor, should've asked while I was there...because after 24 or more hours, I've fullfilled all my obligations, extras can wait until I get my rest.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Kind of like when you go to bed and your bedroom is dark and then you wake up and its bright inside because of the snow outside.
  13. abbottfarm

    abbottfarm Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 108

    Yeah, I don't sleep well anyways but when I know it's going to storm I don't even try to get any sleep. After I double check the trucks and equipment I retire to my office and do paperwork until there's enough snow to go out.
  14. lucky921

    lucky921 Senior Member
    from dracut
    Messages: 453

    yep i have hard time sleeping wondering when call coming or when to call my guy it crazy
  15. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    a little bit yeah.

    I like to start as soon as its done snowing so I never really know when to get up. I do know how long it takes me to get through my route and where I need to be first and what not but trying to predict mother nature is a pain in ass.
  16. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I used to have the hardest time falling asleep in bed. Now I shower and sleep on the couch. I will leave the weather channel local radar on and leave the outside lights on. This works well for me. Its never difficult to get up. I don't have the anxiety. I feel more at the ready with no chance of accidentally over sleeping.
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I go to bed at 9 PM toss and turn till 11 PM wake up at 1 AM, 1:30, 2:00 2:30 get up and turn off the alarm (set for 3 AM) plow 1/2 inch of snow cause its better than waking up every 1/2 hour.
  18. DeereGuy

    DeereGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Hey, that's me. Worse when it's been a light winter cause I know any misstep may mean no contract next year. With a good consistent winter not so bad. This winter has been lacking. So the early season client assessment has not gone away. Folks can still be unreasonable with their expectations. Barely slept last night as I was ready for 6"plus then storm went to sea and we got a dusting.. Salted all accts at 5am and went home and slept for a few. We need an 18-20" storm here. When that happens, that is what clients remember, it really takes the heat off as long as performance was good for the large event. Then it's all gravy after that. Hey, I feel your pain. It's stressful before it has to be in that scenario.
  19. wilsonsground

    wilsonsground Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    I can't sleep during storms either. Too excited thinking of all the money to be made. Trying to plan it perfectly to have things opened when they leave for work, coming into work, or getting home for the night. My least favorite too is the people that call hours after I was there because they couldn't come move their damn car. Or like stated above, neighbor needs plowing. Or the random customer calls that couldn't have called during the storm to ask to be plowed or call at the end of the storm not hours later! But they're all right on top of the phone when they aren't plowed because they haven't paid their bill!!! Pisses me off with that kinda crap!
  20. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    If I waited for it to stop snowing I would be out of business.
    You must only do residentials
    I see half an inch and time for action