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Old 25th October 2003
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Exclamation Relaxing and sleeping after a stressful shift

Casino staff's working day is usually the wrong way around from those of normal people. Instead of Sleep, Work, Play, our world usually means sleep shortly after the end of a shift.

Being a dealer, inspector or manager is stressful and if the shifts are long, very physically and mentally demanding.

So you may be tired but how do you relax and get a good nights (days) sleep. Do you need time to wind down?.

Anyone found a solution that works well for them?

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Old 25th October 2003
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A very good question! If the changes to gaming as a result of the Budd Report include 24 hour gaming, staff will be working shifts that are really unhealthy and very anti-social. Those who work these shifts in this part of the world all seem to have their own ways of winding down. A quiet chat over a couple of bevies, a game of golf, visits to the gym all feature. It is a matter of what works.
The other issue that this brings up is the contention that those who do night work are susceptible to suffering from more illness than those who work during the day. This is recognised in the Labour legislation here and the employer is bound to pay for an annual medical check for all staff who work these hours.
Are the staff in other parts of the world given similar protection? Is this contention correct? Do any of the members follow special diets or consume supplements to counteract these effects of night work?


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Old 25th October 2003
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I worked in a cashdesk up until about 9 months ago, and I couldn't sleep after work unless I had about 4 beers before bed.

The trouble with the cashdesk is that there is usually little to do during the shift, but in the last hour you work non-stop and as fast as possible in order to get out at a decent time. This was causing my body to think I had just STARTED work, and so it was very difficult to wind down when I got home. I tried to just go straight to bed but when it got to 11am and I was still lying there, wide awake, I had a few vodkas and it was off to the land of nod.

I didn't know that there was a free annual medical, though. Wish I'd taken advantage of that when I had the chance.
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Old 25th October 2003
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Hi,

For me a good book worked just fine before sleep, it helped me to unwind almost everytime.

For further details about the WTD Health Check, see the link below.

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Health Assessments For Night Workers
http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/work_time_r...4.htm#section4
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Old 25th October 2003
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My technique for after shift relaxation was a little more basic. I would try to get hold of one of the more attractive of the (female) lumpys and insist on some out of hours training. For some reason no matter how adept their chip handling skills were they always seemed to require extra practise at straightening stacks up! After this extremely beneficial devotion to extra duty on my part, sleep tended to follow swiftly after.
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Old 26th October 2003
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Funnily enough,Andy at no 9,I would say the same-a damn good humping sesh,a fat one and a couple of tins of Stella usually does the job..........
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Old 27th October 2003
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Shiftwork and Sleep

I worked at a 24hr casino for 3 years, working the "Sunrise" (ie. Graveyard) shift. The shift started at 4am and finished at midday. Everyone on the shift had different ways to deal with sleeping. For me, my day would be sleep after work (at midday) wake up at 7pm... play... then go to work at 4am (if im tired maybe a snooze before hand). It means you are working at the end of your day rather then the beginning, so you tend be be really tired at the end of your shift... but the shift tended to be the quietest so the pressure isnt so great.

The key to sleeping the day is a quiet place, a dark room and switching off the phone, and make sure your friends know not to call on you, but non casino friends in 9-5 jobs tend to be working then so they are busy anyway.

In the summer months i switched it around and would enjoy the sun during the day and get to sleep early in the evening...

You just find ways to cope... like we all do
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Old 27th October 2003
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Is it my imagination?

Do what most of my staff do.

Party for eight hours after work
Spend eight hours sobering up
Go to sleep for eight hours while at work
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Old 28th October 2003
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Any chance that Andyatno9's technique will be included in the health check ?

Might find a few more staff willing to work the night and grave shifts.
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Old 29th October 2003
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Wink What about time between shifts?

Which is the general opinion about cascade shifts, I like to call it like this, start at 00 to 08, next "Day" 16 to 00 and next 08 to 16, and like this every week? I don't need a shoulder, I would like a solution!
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Old 30th October 2003
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8 hour shifts - 8 hours in between

So Marius,

You have Midnight to 8am
Back on 4pm to Midnight and then
8am to 4pm

You have worked 24 hours in a 40 hour period.
If that is the scenario then I would not be a happy camper for long.

How many days a week do you do this schedule. Do you also get clear days off at all.

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Yes Ian, we have a clear off day every week, but in same time we are doing this every week, after morning shift I don't know anyone doing something else than sleeping. Here, where I'm now, if you wake up in night you have not that much to do.
If you have any ideea about how we can change this, please share it, you can make happy many people working in departments which are 24 h.
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