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Old 10-06-2009, 10:03 PM   #61
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I agree with this... my view is if I did not already know it, cramming studying the night before would not add any to my knowledge...
I, OTOH, made it through college due to night before cramming. My regular days and nights were much too valuable to spend absorbing information that I only needed once (exam day). My brain seemed to work very well with short term retention, despite what they tell you about pot. I think this is sort of like the CC/no CC, mortgage/no mortgage debate. Different strokes for different folks. Vive la différence!

Of course, in the courses I was truly interested in, I attended classes, paid attention, did the work, and didn't need to cram. But it was fun, so I did it anyway.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:04 AM   #62
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I agree with this... my view is if I did not already know it, cramming studying the night before would not add any to my knowledge...
I second that. Also, like LOL, I never pulled an all-nighter during the semester, but did several on the 18 hour drive home afterwards. Got a few funny hallucinations at around the 35 hour mark (while driving), so pulled off for a couple of hours sleep.
I think it has been pretty well proven that performance and decision quality drops off drastically after about 24 hours (as noted by previous posters). Pretty scary that emergency room personnel and some military (from posts here) operate or train with routine sleep deprivation. Seems an open invitation to disaster.
I've also seen some studies that for long term peak performance, nearly everyone needs 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Those same studies claim that most Americans are sleep deprived to some degree.
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The "good" news is that your first mistake would likely be your last...
Bwahahaha! Thirty-six hours of closing out tanks, inspecting and clearing tagouts on systems after repairs, followed by a 24 hour duty 'day', which included warming and raising pressure on the reactor system (Paperwork, fuses to install, lineup checks), followed by... reactor startup (you knew this was coming), bringing up the whole steam plant, followed by "Set the maneuvering watch; Prepare to get underway".

Oh, and guess who had the first underway watch... I always wondered who I ticked off.

Nothing quite like bringing a reactor critical after you've been awake for 60 hours, and knowing you've still got 16-20 hours before you get a 5 hour nap.
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In college, 52 hours. At the end of the first 24 I had fever, chills, and insatiable hunger. By the end of the first 48 I had muscle shakes and difficulty following even the most basic of conversations (as in "you want fries with that, hon?".

I only stayed up because I had three major finals (stats, calculus and physics), two final presentations and three term papers due in that 48 hour time period.

When it was over I went back to my dorm, ate a huge meal, and then slept for 26 hours straight. Utterly freaked my roommate out.

This may, 36 hours as we prepared to evacuate due to wildfires. I just couldn't sleep with the sirens and flames so close.
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4 days. Took 12 doses of Levaquin the prior week and it completely fried my central nervous system. Thought I was going to die. Went to the hospital multiple times but they just thought I was crazy. Sure felt like I was dying. Its been a year and my muscles have finally now just stopped twitching all the time. I finally feel like I'm on a healing trajectory, thank God. Good thing I'm fairly young (27) or it probably would have been the end of me.
CyberMike, we had a similar Levaquin experience this last January. Took 3 doses, got tendonitis in my Achilles (and DH got it in his knees). Immediately stopped taking Levaquin and switched to a penicillin-based drug, but the side effects are still with us, though lessening.

I'm never touching that stuff again unless I'll die if I don't get it. It's awful. Good luck in your recovery!
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Nothing quite like bringing a reactor critical after you've been awake for 60 hours, and knowing you've still got 16-20 hours before you get a 5 hour nap.
And then a few hours later, as the submarine is headed down the channel toward open ocean:

"Hey! Reactor Operator!! (*smack*) Shift those main coolant pumps to fast speed NOW, goddammitt!!"

And that's just the Throttleman talking, not the watch officer snoozing quietly behind you...
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My worst experience was while on a busy trauma service in SF. We were on every other night and then every other weekend. This meant arriving for work on friday morning and leaving monday night. We would get occasional cat naps but if you got 8 hours total over the 4 days it was a slow weekend...

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I can’t accurately count the number of hours beyond 2 a.m. (“Numbers is hard,” copyright REW). But I once worked at a MegaCorp dept. that occasionally gave special luncheons for groups of employees who had worked 24 hours straight. I qualified for that but sensibly found a transfer to a dept. with normal business hours before my “free lunch” came up. I learned from that experience!: I’m no good after 2 a.m., useless even with photos. zzzzzz
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My worst experience was while on a busy trauma service in SF. We were on every other night and then every other weekend. This meant arriving for work on friday morning and leaving monday night. We would get occasional cat naps but if you got 8 hours total over the 4 days it was a slow weekend...

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