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Old 04-13-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
Scott Joyce
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i work as a firefighter and being in a busy area i am usually up 24 hrs or close to a couple times of week. usually avg. 5 hrs on normal days and 8 on great days(rarely). I have heard a lot about cortisol and lack of sleep probs. as well as how to eat when working all day and night.

does anybody ahve any recommendations that i should be doing to help my body i.e. supplements, food during the night etc.

thanks a lot
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:48 PM   #2
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Yeah, sleep more. If your life prohibits it, then you're going to have to deal with the negative effects. Period. Sure good nutrition/exercise and so forth will help buffer, but you're gonna get slammed overall due to lack of sleep. I've been there. I'm there a little bit now. Do whatever you can to sleep enough.
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:57 PM   #3
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thanks roger, im trying to work on egtting some of that lined out, but right now it's pretty unavoidable. thanks for the words. do you take any supplements to help with that. i heard cortisol is good for lack of sleep
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Old 04-14-2006, 12:52 AM   #4
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i heard cortisol is good for lack of sleep

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when your body is under stress. It's not something that is good for lack of sleep.

http://www.ellipticalhome.com/cortisol-article.html
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:15 AM   #5
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Scott,

LEO with similar issues. Just to echo what Roger says, there are ways we can cope... exercise, proper nutrition, but the bottom line is we are going to get worked. That is until fires and criminals only show up during daylight hours.
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:35 AM   #6
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Re: Supplements: Consider L5HTP . . . precursor to serotonin (neurotransmitter associated with feelings of well-being and relaxation). Take at "bedtime".

Not sure what happens with it if you get woken up 2 hours into your sleep cycle. I tend to get 6 hours / night, but it's "regular" (11:30-5:30) and the L5HTP seems to make those 6 hours more restorative.

Do not take more than 100mg / day, however. There is such a thing as "serotonin poisoning" which can occur at higher doses of the L5HTP. In fact, I would recommend starting at the lowest dose available (probably 25mg) and increasing slowly to see if you get any benefit without side effects.
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:02 AM   #7
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If you're only getting that much sleep you IMO you should not be doing crossfit daily.

Also, I read in the following article that 5HTP may not be all that desireable.

http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/tr...in-aging.shtml



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Old 04-14-2006, 09:09 AM   #8
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I run on a lack of sleep pretty much all the time. It is my choice and I live with it.

Some of the stuff I do:

Contrast Showers before bed, especially after working out.

Naps, never more than 30 - 40 minutes

I take a generic ZMA suppliment (Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium) before bed

Fish Oil capsules all day

Naps

I only use caffine when I NEED it (about 3-4x per week)

and. . . Naps.


Do you think this lack of sleep affects your short term memory? AND what do you think about sleep affecting your short term memory?
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:10 AM   #9
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Sheez. I'm going to have to spend some time with that one. I've had no (noticeable) negative effects from L5HTP supplementation . . . just sounder sleep and overall improved "morale".

I don't have an LEO or firefighter's level of stress, but my job (like most folks' today) has a fair amount of inbuilt stress, and the L5HTP seems to help me manage better. But that article certainly gives one pause. I'm going to have to follow up on those references.
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:14 AM   #10
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Yeah...pretty crazy article. Ray Peat's website has given me pause about alot of stuff since I was turned on to it recently.
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