1. Ridiculous fashion double standards. I showed up to the entrance with my friend and the promoter who we were guests of immediately said they would not let me into the club wearing Converse. When I pointed out that ALL of the guys were wearing sneakers and tee-shirts, he responded “but you are a girl — they won’t let you in with those.” I looked around and noticed the girls were all indeed wearing heels and very mini dresses. At that point, I put on some shoes I brought along in my bag just in case … and I put my damn converse back on when I got inside.
2. The music can make you narcoleptic. Upon entry to the club, the DJ played a mix of 80’s music and Bob Marley — and I nodded off twice. Eventually, things really started to heat up when the DJ dropped the “It’s Getting Hot In Here” Nelly track and everyone started to sing along. You know people were desperate at this point.
3. Sitting in a booth is a trap! Remember that promoter idiot from earlier in the night? Well, as his guest, I was
Going onto nightshift
1. Try to do something physical “the day before the day before”. Physical activity is good for your general wellbeing anyway, and it will set you up for a decent “pre-nightshift” sleep. I would go swimming, running, boxing or have a mega-housework blitz. Then get a decent amount of sleep prior to starting nights:
- Method 1: Stay up really late (at least 3am – 6am) the night before (calling/Skyping mates in different timezones or a TV marathon can help) then sleep for the majority of the day before your first nightshift.
- Method 2: Go to bed as usual the night before , sleep in until late morning, have a big feed for lunch then go back to sleep for an afternoon/evening nap.
2. Drink water and eat food (bring real food, not just junk, and a big water bottle that you can reach for when you are writing notes). Drinking enough water is my absolute number one piece of advice. It’s hard to be high functioning when you are symptomatically dehydrated. (Same goes for a BSL of 1.8!)
3. Just like with day shift, caffeinating
Night is a dangerous time in some parts of the world. In some cities, gangs go around, when people are less attentive. Being out at night in such areas is also very dangerous. However, danger can be minimized with a few extra tips.
1. Always have a plan of where you are going. Being organized and prepared is the key. You should know where to go in case of trouble.
2. Carry a cell phone with you at all times. This is the number one key. If you are in trouble, you can quickly call someone. For this same reason, have someone to call, like a parent or a friend.
3. Walk confidently. Assailants often look for weak people to target. Walk with your shoulders up and your eyes faced forward. Don’t hunch yourself together or show that you are scared in any way. People will be less inclined to attack you in this case.
4. Travel with a friend. There is safety in numbers, and culprits can be easily overcome by large numbers of people. Also, if you are hurt, someone can go and get help. Criminals are
Working nontraditional hours may wreak havoc on your sleep, diet and exercise routine. If you work the night shift, it is important to find the workout time that fits into your schedule. For some, that may mean exercising right before work while for others it may mean working out before going to bed. It is also possible to workout during your shift. Try out all three to determine the time of day that is best for you.
If you feel tired, moody or drained before the night shift, exercise may do you more good than that large coffee or energy drink. According to MayoClinic.com, exercise fights stress and anxiety, improves your endurance, concentration and focus and boosts your energy and mood. Before you head to work, spend 30 minutes performing some form of cardiovascular activity such as swimming, bike riding or playing a sport. Ride your bike to work or take the stairs. You may notice improved alertness while on the job.
With family responsibilities, appointments, sleep, eating and other activities to care for first, it may be difficult to find the time to workout before the night shift. Instead of cruising the Internet or hanging out by
Medical professionals, police officers, firefighters, factory workers and delivery drivers are just some of the people who are called on to work night shifts. Whether you are required to work the night shift on a regular basis or because your shifts rotate, adjusting to a schedule that requires you to sleep during the day is difficult. Lack of sleep can lead to health problems caused by increased stress and decreased immunity. Use some proven strategies to adjust to working the night shift.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule even on days when you aren’t working to help your body adjust to working nights. Turn off your phone and other distractions. Ask your family or roommates to support you by staying quiet during your sleeping hours.
Your body works on a circadian rhythm, a pattern that tells your body when to sleep and when to be awake. Sunlight plays a large role in this rhythm. Use dark, heavy curtains when you sleep to block out as much sunlight as possible. If possible, keep your workplace brightly lit to help your body stay awake.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants before it is time to sleep. Avoid sugar and processed foods and eat
Diabetes is a group of diseases that is characterized by the body’s inability to produce or use insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans had diabetes in 2011. Common complications of diabetes include cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system diseases and amputation. The ADA states that adopting a healthy diet, increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight are positive steps toward reducing the risk of developing diabetes.
According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May of 2004, 27 million full-time workers had flexible work schedules, and 14.8 percent of all full-time wage workers worked a shift other than daytime, and 4.7 percent worked an evening shift, 3.2 percent worked the night shift, and the remaining percentage worked irregular or rotating shifts. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have investigated the health risks of shift work and found that shift work is associated with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The increased risk is possibly related to the adverse metabolic and cardiovascular effects of chronic misalignment of the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal regulatory center linked to the day’s light-dark cycle.
When you agree to work the night shift, you expect to change your lifestyle only slightly to match the need to sleep during the day in order to sleep at night. But that change of schedule can be easier said than done, warns the National Sleep Foundation. Night shift workers might find themselves tossing and turning when it comes time to hit the hay early in the morning, resulting in insomnia and fatigue. Break the cycle by using sleep tips for the night shift that will get you into bed and prepped for a restful day of sleep.
Invest in a few sleep aids that will improve the quality of your sleep in the daytime. Ear plugs may be necessary to block out normal daytime sounds, like passing cars, barking dogs and your family moving around the house. Purchase a large package, and discard after each use.
Blackout drapes can help you block out the daylight so you fall into an easier and more restful sleep. Install them directly over your present window coverings and pull them tight before you go to sleep. A sleep mask may also help to block the light from disrupting your sleep.
There’s nothing more beautiful than a professionally taken photo which was shot at dusk or nighttime. The problem here is that people usually think that it’s hard to take breathtaking photos after dark, or that you need to be a professional photographer with years of experience, but this is very far from the truth. Today you’ll learn some basic night photography tips that will bring your night photos to life, like never before, if you have the right camera and features, you’ll be a pro in no time.
First of all I’d like to discuss some things you will need if you’re looking to make a career out of photography, or simply add some spice to your personal hobby. If you want to take stunning photos at night, none of these night photography tips should be ignored. Primarily, you need to have a tripod if you don’t own one already. It doesn’t matter how steady you think your hand is, if it’s top-quality you’re after, you definitely want to get one of these.
Secondly, look for a camera which has a fast shutter speed setting, as well as an exposure compensation setting. The shutter will greatly improve the quality of your photos,
1. Tank your baby up during the day.
Toddlers love to breastfeed, yet they are often so busy during the day that they forget to nurse, or mom is so busy that she forgets to nurse. But at night, there you are, only an inch away, and baby wants to make up for missed daytime nursings. (This is a common scenario when a breastfeeding mother returns to work outside the home.) Finding more time to nurse during the day may make the night weaning easier.
2. Increase daytime touch.
Wear your baby in a sling and give your baby more touch time during the day. It’s easy when babies get older to greatly decrease the amount of touching time without realizing it. All-night nursing can sometimes be a baby’s signal reminding mothers not to rush their baby into dependence. In developing a healthy independence, a child leaves and comes back; lets go and clings, step by step until she is going out more than she is coming back. Many mothers have noted that babies and toddlers show an increased need for nursing and holding time right before undertaking a new stage of development, such as crawling or walking.
3. Awaken baby for a full
Hone Your Vision
Our pupils dilate in the dark, and our eyesight tends to detect lights and movement rather than the color and sharp details that we recognize during the day, according to experts. Consequently, our depth perception isn’t as keen at night, and our eyes may be more prone to become dry or tired because we tend to concentrate more and blink less.
With these physiological factors in mind, there are a few things you can do to make nighttime treks less treacherous. Eye doctors typically recommend scanning the road and keeping your eyes moving instead of concentrating all your vision on one area.
It’s also important to understand what you’re seeing. For example, if you’re traveling through a rural area that’s packed with deer, raccoons or other wildlife, two small, bright dots may be animal eyes in the distance ahead. Avoid hitting an animal by looking for reflections of your headlights in its eyes, which should be visible well before you can see the entire animal.
Make sure you’re getting your vision checked regularly, too. The American Optometric Association recommends getting your eyes checked every two years if you’re 18 to 60 years old, and annually after that.
At night, the
1 Own the Night: 10 Tips for Driving After Dark
Plenty of us hate night driving—there’s no feeling quite like getting someone else’s high beams shined in your eyes. But beyond the pure annoyance, few of us realize how dangerous it can be. Fatalities on the road occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While only a quarter of all driving is done at night, more than half of all driving deaths occur then.
Your depth perception, ability to distinguish color, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions. You tend to be more tired at night. And consider a basic fact: Typical low beams illuminate the road from 160 to 250 feet in front of your car, and normal high beams shine from about 350 to 500 feet. At 60 mph it takes more than 200 feet to stop. So even with your high beams on, there’s not a lot of room for error.
But we can’t just sit around waiting for the sun to come up. Here are 10 tips to keep you safe on the road when the sun goes down.
2 Aim Your
Most guys think that nightclubs are a great place for action, yet they don’t seem to have much luck. Even though bars and nightclubs are ground zero for pick-up artists, being successful at it is not always as easy as it seems.
So, rather than have you waste your time figuring out the situation’s basic principles yourself, I, as always, am happy to pass along the wisdom of my many nights working the scene for digits or takeout.
1- Pick the best real estate in the nightclub
Remember the three fundamentals of business: location, location, location? How many times have you seen hot women in a bar from afar, but were stuck at a table with your friends? You want to be mobile and ready to nonchalantly get near a woman who interests you. You want a spot with good visibility and high traffic, so as to be able to interact with more people than if you’re holed up in a booth in the corner. In the pickup game, it’s also good to have an excuse for being where you are — in line for drinks at the bar, or for the restroom — so as not to look like a stalker.
Nightclubs are a pervasive part of our culture, and no matter where you go around the world, each country has adopted the nightclub as the benchmark of their nightlife. They are an excellent social venue and attractive to both genders, as they offer the promise of a wonderful experience on every visit. For women, nightclubs are a great place to dance with your friends and meet guys. The prospect of meeting attractive women is primarily what drives men to nightclubs, and the atmosphere and experience cultivated by a nightclub is designed with these factors in mind.
1) Nightclubs are dark.
I don’t know many adults that are afraid of the dark, but this mostly applies to when they’re in their own home. When you put a person into a room packed full of strangers and then turn off most of the lights, you’re going to increase the anxiety and fear of everyone in that room.
2) They’re crowded.
Most nightclubs pack in people as much as fire regulations allow, and the dance floor of a nightclub is prime sexual marketplace real estate, so this is where most of the patrons will be. When you’re in the dark and in a crowded place, your sense
Night shifts are not just a development of modern life. For centuries, sailors, soldiers, bakers and innkeepers have had to be awake and working while others slept, but it was the Industrial Revolution and the grueling restructuring of the workday accompanying it that heralded a much wider adoption of night-shift work. In hospitals, public services, service industries and retail industries, shift work is not uncommon. Most employees who work the night shift choose to do so, but they may not realize what the toll of working while the world sleeps can take on their mental health.
Risks Associated with Night Work
Shift work has long been understood to increase risk factors for a list of health complications. According to an article in the journal, “Occupational and Environmental Medicine,” cardiovascular disease, fatigue, insomnia, obesity, stress and anxiety have all been linked to higher rates among shift workers, as has depression. It is not for certain yet if it is the night-shift hours themselves that cause depression or, because shift workers are mostly self-selected, if shift workers are simply more inclined to neurological problems. However, night-shift work may be linked with depression because of the disruption of certain biological processes, such as the
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When you’re working a shift schedule, your eating and exercise habits can suffer. People who work shifts sometimes skip meals, eat irregularly, eat unhealthy food, and may find it hard to keep up a regular exercise schedule. Shift workers are at higher risk for weight gain and heart disease as well. Healthy eating and exercise help improve your sleep and your overall health. These ten easy tips can help you stay healthy even with an irregular or shift work schedule.
Have healthy foods readily available at home and at work. People who are sleepy are more likely to reach for unhealthy foods. Stock your kitchen with easy-to-eat raw vegetables (baby carrots, apple slices) and hummus, fruits (bananas, oranges), or a container of raw almonds and raisins (versus a muffin or cookies), so that when you’re tired but hungry, you make healthy food choices. If you like carbs, consider whole grains and “slow burning” foods like brown rice, wild rice, and rolled oats that keep you full and productive for longer stretches.
Prepare meals before your shift, so they’re ready to eat when you get home. Experiment with crock pot meals (which can cook foods over a long period of time)
1) Set a Sleeping Goal
Set a goal to sleep eight hours everyday. In the past, it has been easy for me to sleep only 4.5 or five hours, get up to the bathroom, and then be wide awake; only to find it is time to go back to work and I have not slept enough.
There are two habits I am forming which has transformed my life in this area. I have darkened my bedroom more than it was previously darkened. There were little cracks of light seeping through the windows, and I corrected that issue. It is now VERY dark in my room. The second thing I have done is to faithfully take melatonin as soon as I get home. I currently take 4 mg of melatonin, and this has helped the length of time I sleep, tremendously. I use a pharmaceutical grade melatonin, because I want to ensure I am taking a pure formulation. I am also considering darkening my bathroom, so I will not be exposed to the bright light when I get up for a bathroom break.
There were several articles that discussed wearing very dark sunglasses as you leave the place of employment and on the
1. Initiate the conversation: Hopefully by the time a teen is gearing up for prom, parents have already talked with him or her about subjects such as drinking and sex, says Lyness. A conversation about prom safety is an important follow-up, she adds.
Parents could start by noting the excitement of prom and how they want their kids to have fun, Lyness says, then transition with something such as: “Prom is also a time when there’s a lot of peer pressure to do things, like lose your virginity, or drink, or do drugs, or stay up all night … I want you to have a great time, I want you to have fun, and I want you to be safe.”
Lyness discourages parents from trying to squeeze this conversation into a busy prom-day schedule. Parents and teens should discuss prom safety a few days in advance, she says, with possibly a small reminder on the day of the dance.
2. Make a safety plan: Parents and teens should discuss what to do in various situations that may arise, Lyness suggests. Consider scenarios such as someone bringing alcohol to the dance, or a friend driving dangerously, perhaps while drinking or texting. Teens who are
Prom night is the most anticipated night of the year for many high school seniors, and often the most dreaded by parents. It’s a high-pressure night full of angst over the dress, hair, makeup, and of course the guy. So, while we can all talk about great hair and makeup looks (and you know I will) I really want to talk about the safety aspect of prom night. Here are some guidelines to help every parent keep their child from making bad choices.
1. Get the phone numbers of your child’s prom date and at least five friends so you can reach someone. Inform your child that you expect them to answer their cell phones and texts should you call them.
2. Give your kids a curfew. There is nothing your kids can do after 2 a.m. that they can’t do before 2 a.m. Its not a trust issue, it’s a safety issue. Do you really want your kids roaming around after 2 a.m.?
3. Remind your child that everyone has a camera. With cameras hidden everywhere, it is so important your child realizes not to behave in public in a way that might cause them shame if it ended up on YouTube.
As prom night approaches, help make the night memorable and safe for your teen. It’s time to buckle down and have a talk about drinking, drugs and sex. Learn to set realistic expectations for prom night partying.
As your teen prepares for prom, it’s easy to get swept up in the storm of dating woes, outfit selection and friend drama. Prom may feel like one of the most important nights of your teen’s life. By setting rules and talking to your teen before prom, you can help make sure it’s a night to remember for all the right reasons. Use these safety tips to structure your child’s big night out.
Talk about peer pressure
Peer pressure gets a lot of bad buzz, and in most cases, it’s warranted. It’s peer pressure that often drives kids to break rules and engage in unhealthy and unsafe behaviors. Talk to your teen about the science behind peer pressure. When you consider it’s a primal need to impress other members of your species, it doesn’t sound as cool to fit in. Remind your teen to rise above unhealthy instincts or turn peer pressure into a good thing by encouraging her to remain close to responsible friends.
Know the people, so they recognize you. Stop in regularly at stores and restaurants along your path home. Figure out who has the best exorbitant price on snacks, which places will let you use the restroom in exchange for some quick banter, etc. If something happens to you around their shop, you may find you’re not as outnumbered as you originally thought… And if they’re still open at night (or the doors aren’t locked) it’s usually okay if they know you and you’re honest about just wanting to duck inside to avoid some creeps. In a pinch, you can do this with the residential brownstones as well – just walking up the stoop can make some followers hunt other prey, and if that doesn’t work, the shame in asking a stranger to let you in because you’re terrified is nothing compared to the worst that could happen.
Don’t be distracted. Okay, this is a much bigger problem now – when I lived in Boston, I had barely started looking into cell phones, and the iPod didn’t exist yet. Just turn all that shit off, put it away in your bag, and notice your surroundings. It may seem boring at first, but