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How Do You Stay Awake

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by millsaps118, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    While out plowing all night and day what do some of you guys do to stay alert and awake? I'm not a coffee drinker but will have an occasional cappuccino, other wise its Mountain Dew or Red Bull.:dizzy: :dizzy::dizzy:
  2. CAG80

    CAG80 Member
    from ct
    Messages: 62

    DRUGS!!!!!... just kidding... i know a guy that will take caffeine pills if he has to pull long hours. he says they work good for him but can make him a little jumpy. personally i have really never had a problem pulling long hours, i think listening to the radio helps..
  3. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    I've never had a problem staying awake when I working, the problem kicks in when I know I'm finally done. Then I have a hell of a time getting home. One season, three or four years ago, we had a fairly steady snow that lasted for 13 days. At the time our route on a 2" snowfall took 2 of us 22 hours. We lived in the trucks for the 13 days without problem, when it was done and we finally got home...I slept for damn near a week.
  4. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    Ive got the opposite problem after certain storms. No problem staying awake while plowing because i get so focused, but when i get home im exhausted but my brain just wont fall asleep...its still in snow-go-mode

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    pop and chew.
  6. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    OOOOOO YEAH!!!!! I forgot......CHEW:drinkup: :drinkup: :nod:
  7. slclawn

    slclawn Member
    from IN
    Messages: 37

    I have seen some people who stay awake by counting the scratches and dents they have just got on there truck. But i hope we all stay awake counting the money we are making not to mention all the fun we are having were is the frigen snooow man.wesport wesport
  8. GTMS

    GTMS Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    drink lots a coffee and get out in the cold and pee, then shovel a little sidewalk drink coffee plow and pee, repeat.
  9. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    keep the window cracked.. 2 hot and im sleepin like a baby..

    mountain dew. coffee-starbucks from time to time..

    ive done some caffinee pills from time to time.

    but normally its just a fact of stayin awake..

    and if it does get to the point where your bout to fall over..

    pull over and grab a 15 min power nap. set the alarm on ur phone and snooze for 15 mins.
  10. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    It's important to remember to keep your body nourished, half the time I get such a bad headache I find it hard to function. Keeping some type of powerade, propel, or AH type of drink along with you for the ride helps. I've also got my Stanley Thermos and a lunchbox with me. Keep the coffee flowing and some type of lunch/snack. I'm not afraid to swing home for a few hours for a short nap if need be either.
  11. Dragonscapes

    Dragonscapes Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I don't think about sleep usually works for the first 84 hours or so then food to keep me going I sometimes need a nap to make it home... nothing like sleeping in a parking lot for an hour then going home
  12. BJH Snow

    BJH Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    Mountain Dew, Kodiak, Music and the window open. Most the time I am in plow mode and look forward to the next driveway or parking lot.
  13. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    monster engery drinks and coffee and i always have some snacks and jerky
  14. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I have found that getting a good couple nights sleep before a storm is a good idea but that only lasts so long. Plenty of coffee, I get out of the truck every couple of hours and stretch. Like some one else said don't be afraid to pull over and take a power nap. I'm usually good for being up 60 hours straight then things tend to get a little loopy.:dizzy:
  15. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Full Throttle energy drink, or BooKoo, or Rockstar, they all give you the 'shakes'

    redbull's just not enough.
  16. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    After some time serving with the armed services "Special Folks" here are my tried and tue methods for hitting the 100 hour mark without sleep and not turning into a waking zombie.

    Plan early, Like a week before a storm I will be watching the forecast. If they are hinting about snow I immediately change my diet. No fast food, plenty of salad, starches, good wholesome food will help you fight fatigue. Also, fresh fruit, especially bananas helps with concentration and fighting muscle cramps and fatigue.

    Plenty of vitamins. Take a multi-vitamin every day, it helps with concentration and your eye-sight both day and night.

    Regulate the heat in your truck carefully. I always keep it on the coolest side of comfortable. Get out and stretch, walk around the truck. Take a pee, shovel, etc.

    Wear proper clothes and boots so that you don't get cold. Being cold and shivering burns a lot of calories. DON"T GET YOUR FEET WET! Keep at least 2 pair of dry sox and a dry set of footwear in the truck. When you have to be awake for extended periods of time, calories are a substitute for sleep.

    AVOID SUGERY ENERGY DRINKS AND SODA!!!! A good rule of thumb is for every ounce of sugery drink or non-diet soda...drink 2 ounces of regular water. Diet soda is better but you should still keep water in your truck. I'm a big fan of Chew and or smoking. The health hazards suck but both activities keep you alert and also nicotine is a beter stimulant than coffee.

    The rest comes down to personal preference. I alternate between the radio and CDs. I put a red filter over the dome light of the truck to help with eye strain and night vision. I keep a good pair of sunglasses (UV blockers or eagle eyes) with me for daytime plowing.

    Naps are a good idea. Keep your phone or a travel alarm in the truck. Park at the back of the lot and catch 15-30 minutes of sleep. If your boss starts nagging you about taking a nap every 6-8 hours after the first 24. Ask him what his insurance deductabl is.

    I'm sure that i missed some things here. The science of staying awake and alert is really subjective to the person. Mostly eating well balanced meals the week before a big storm, take your vitamins, don't eat heavy during the storm. Stick with what is easy to digest. Don't get dehydrated, your body is losing water and minerals every minute that you are awake alive, it gets worse under stressful conditions like being awake for 2 or 3 days.
  17. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Usually coffee and excitement keep me going. Plus I have another person with me either doing sidewalks or just along for the ride, so that also helps. Whenever I really get tired, I usually go thru McDonalds and sit in the truck and eat.....always wakes me up! :nod:
  18. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    A 12 pack of Mountain Dew sitting in the snow in the bed of my truck. There is nothing better!
  19. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Clear family members last, they call every 15 minutes or so asking where I am...that usually keeps me awake...

    Helpful Tip ... Anyone over 70 apparently sleeps in shifts during storms and has an incredible NEED for their driveway and walk to be cleared at all times (no more then 1/2" accumulation, regardless of the condition of the roads or walks leading to it...they are my best kept secret...:help:
  20. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Never had a problem with it, when there is work to be done just do it.