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http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/451391/Sleep-loss-can-hurt-brain-like-a-blow-to-head<div class="pta-link-card"><div class="pta-link-card-picture"><img src="http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/108/285x214/451391_1.jpg"></div><div class="pta-link-card-content"><div class="pta-link-card-title"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/451391/Sleep-loss-can-hurt-brain-like-a-blow-to-head">Sleep loss can hurt brain like a blow to head | Health | News | Daily Express</a></div><div class="pta-link-card-description">GOING without enough sleep has been found to cause chemical changes similar to being hit on the head – suggesting that it may damage our brains.</div></div><div style="clear:both"></div><div class="pta-box-hide"><i class="icon-remove"></i></div></div>
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CSM Mike Maynard
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I agree with this.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>In fact, when I took over that was one of the first things I changed. We allow our Staff Duties and CQs to implement a rest plan. Only one person can be "down" at a time, and this allows them to get "sufficient" rest to perform their duties better and to be in better shape to drive home after having 24-hr duty.</div><div><br></div><div>Never made sense to me to expect someone to be up for over 24-hrs and then drive home afterwords - doesn't meet the common sense nor the composite risk management test.</div>
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SFC Rich Carey
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I have always questioned the 24 hour duty, most would end up
staying up past 24 hours. Get up for PT 0530, go to work then stay up for the
night until the next morning. Get relieved about 8:30, take care of a couple
things then head home, trying not to fall asleep, get to the house eat and it
is going on 11:00. 

 

How many time were we reminded not to drive past so many hours at a safety briefing because of a long weekend, that we need to pull over and get some sleep.

 



I always let my folks sleep while I stayed up.



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CW2 Joseph Evans
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I've always taken the tack of only one person needs to be awake at the desk at a time.
If a check needs to be made, the other person gets woke up, check is made, other person gets a nap. Driver is on call, but Risk assessment dictates he gets a cot and is only woke up if he needs to actually drive and the guy napping has an alarm in case his partner is a moron and falls asleep on him.
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I agree with you on only one person needs to be at the desk. I don't see a problem with napping in shifts. I won't mention a specific unit, other than to say NOT mine, which I am familiar with that prohibits any sleep. This unit forbids both the NCO and Runner to sleep. It requires them to remain awake for the full 24 hours. Not a wise policy in my opinion.
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Part of the problem is its usually a CSM policy that is passed down and may, or may not, get updated with a new CSM. It is also based on the propensity of both to fall asleep at any given time... Why I suggest an alarm to make sure checks are made on time and both are awake when the CSM/1SG makes his morning appearance. At least with CQ, the runner doesn't have driver duty.
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I've had a few BNs have in place that both the CQ and Staff Duty personnel do not conduct PT, just make contact with Supervisor by a certain time and be on time for duty.  Mostly that's been down at the CO/BTRY/Troop level though.  I like the idea of that.  I've had sleep plans in place to where my runner(s) split time down and the senior of the two would take the desk for a couple winks for me to sack down.  Works pretty good and I haven't gotten any negative feedback from COC.  I've also seen some units do a 0600-0600 duty time, also
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