How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

by Mark Miller May 16, 2016 4 min read

Navy SEAL Hell Week is a five-and-a-half day stretch in which candidates sleep only about four total hours, run more than 200 miles and do physical training for more than 20 hours per day.

Navy SEALs go on missions to raid, ambush and assault enemy forces or terrorist cells. These missions include a lot of sleep deprivation. So in training during Hell Week, as it’s called, Navy SEAL candidates must stay awake for five days in a row to see if they can handle it. And they do this twice.

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How do investment bankers stay up?

How do investment bankers stay up?

by Mark Miller May 12, 2016 4 min read

How do investment bankers stay awake on their 18-hour shifts?

Investment bankers work such long hours that many resort to chemical stimuli. There have been rumors of methamphetamine and cocaine use among investment bankers to burn the midnight oil. Other investment bankers take Ritalin or Adderall, which are given to children with ADHD but which are stimulants for adults. But the mainstay is probably coffee, energy drinks and other concoctions containing caffeine.

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How do law students stay awake to study?

How do law students stay awake to study?

by Mark Miller May 10, 2016 4 min read

Some law students spend 60 hours a week studying. Those who’ve been through law school advise prospective students to leave the Xbox at home so they’re not tempted with potentially ruinous distraction. How do law students get energy to study so much?

One thing many law school students do not do is party and socialize a lot. This has a doubly salutary effect because the time spent not partying is time they can spend studying. And then they are not out of sorts, hung over or over-tired the next day from partying.

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How do you keep healthy eyes when working on the computer?

How do you keep healthy eyes when working on the computer?

by Mark Miller May 05, 2016 4 min read

Did you know there’s a thing called computer vision syndrome, and it affects 50 to 90 percent of computer users? Symptoms include eye strain, eye twitching, red or dry eyes, fatigue, headaches, more work errors and a decrease in productivity. How do you keep healthy eyes during computer use?

If you experience any of these problems while looking at your computer, see an eye doctor. A doctor can make sure if your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is correct. Or if you don’t have corrective lenses they can prescribe some for you.

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When is the best time for meetings?

When is the best time for meetings?

by Mark Miller April 28, 2016 4 min read

When I got the assignment to do this blog, When is the best time for meetings?I thought, “Um, never?”

But seriously, people have put serious thought into the best time to schedule business or work meetings. Google has 14.3 million search results for the question.

 

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How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

by Mark Miller April 18, 2016 4 min read

The problem of internist doctors and nurses having to work 30- to 36-hour shifts has been ending around the United States as some teaching hospitals and other institutions have initiated 16-hour shifts since 2011. Nevertheless, these people we trust our lives to work long hours overnight. How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

The problem really received a lot of attention in 1984, when Libby Zion, an 18-year-old patient, died under the care of residents within 24 hours of being admitted to a New York City hospital. Her father, a New York Times reporter who alerted the media, sued.

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US military gives caffeine to soldiers

US military gives caffeine to soldiers

by Mark Miller February 29, 2016 4 min read

Coffee was so important in wartime America during World War II that the government rationed it briefly so soldiers could get enough. Coffee was one of four staples for Civil War soldiers, along with beans, beef and hardtack. After Boston Tea Partiers dumped that tea in the harbor during the Revolution, coffee drinkers were considered patriotic.

Coffee can give a soldier the alertness he needs in times of prolonged sleep loss or during dangerous combat situations.

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Is caffeine before an exam a good or bad idea?

Is caffeine before an exam a good or bad idea?

by Mark Miller February 18, 2016 4 min read

Caffeine keeps you alert, enhances concentration, alleviates fatigue—so it would only be good to drink copious volumes of caffeinated beverages before an exam in school, right?

Wrong, say experts. In fact, too much caffeine can interfere with memory processes. On a history exam, when you’re juiced on java you may be floundering around trying to remember just who won the Battle of Waterloo (it’s complicated, but allied troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Armée, if anyone can be said to win in a war).

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