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Do you ever feel sleepy after long shifts or after service?

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Whenever I work 6 hours straight without a break, I go home and I sleep ... even if it's 6pm. I've tried sleeping extra the night before, I do have a sensible bed time. I question if it has anything to do with dehydration from sweating in the heat, I do drink water very regularly in the kitchen... but maybe I should drink gatorade since water doesn't replenish all the vitamins and minerals you are losing. 

 

Has anybody experienced the same thing?

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Coconut water works better than gatorade and has less sugar. Yes, you could be dehydrated, but from your other post, your sleepiness could be simply from the stress of the job. 

Like I said before, pay good attention to your posture. Good posture will do you a world of good. Many chefs have back problems due to lots of hunching and poor ergonomic positioning as they do repetitive tasks.

If you do a little yoga after your shift it will probably help too. Try learning the sun salute and repeat it w times when you get home. It will work every kink out.

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Everything foodnfoto said is great advice!

 

Two things to add - take a multi-vitamin and make sure you have good shoes!

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Whenever I work 18 hours straight, I have a tendency to pass right out when I get home.

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I rely on mass transit, so sneak in quick naps during my commute. I don't normally drink coffee except when I work, in which case I grab a cup before my shift starts. During my shifts I stay hydrated with water/carbonated water, and the occasional free drink given by management. I don't have a sweet tooth so sugary drinks/energy drinks have less appeal to me. One of our cooks is going through a bet and cut off added sugar completely; at least he still kicks ass in the kitchen.

 

Use some of your musical training to focus better, there's a lot of parallels between food and music. The best highs for me were playing out to crowds getting down to your music, and putting out perfect services.

 

I wish I could pass out when I got home, I usually need 'winding' down time before I can fall asleep. Ah sleep, it's one of the most underrated things...

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Originally Posted by Tranquillo View Post

Whenever I work 6 hours straight without a break, I go home and I sleep ... even if it's 6pm. I've tried sleeping extra the night before, I do have a sensible bed time. I question if it has anything to do with dehydration from sweating in the heat, I do drink water very regularly in the kitchen... but maybe I should drink gatorade since water doesn't replenish all the vitamins and minerals you are losing. 

 

Has anybody experienced the same thing?

How much are you sweating? I used to work 13 hour shifts straight, Saturday and Sundays, without a break or eating anything and never really felt tired. I also consumed far too much soda so maybe this helped. I would say if you are that tired try eating something, maybe your sugar levels are too low or something. I notice if I start to feel tired it's usually on slow nights and I start to slouch over on the line, for some reason slouching or leaning against something makes me so tired.

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