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October  - December  1999 Issue 11 Shiftworker Online

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Welcome to Issue # 11 of the Shiftworker Online.

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In this issue:

Previous Issues
#1 Jan./Feb. 1998

#2 Mar./Apr.1998

#3 May/June 1998

#4 July/August 1998

#5 Sept./Oct. 1998

#6 Nov./Dec. 1998

#7 Jan./Feb. 1999

#8 March/April 1999

#9 May/June 1999

#10 July - September 1999


Sleeping and Driving Don't Mix

After a long nightshift one of the hardest task for the shiftworker is to make the journey home. Special care must be taken that you try to remain alert so that you will not fall asleep behind the wheel.

When you are behind the wheel of a car, being sleepy is dangerous. Sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs judgment, just like drugs or alcohol. And, just like drugs and alcohol, sleepiness can contribute to a collision. Pennsylvania Turnpike and New York Thruway studies estimate that about 50 percent of their fatal crashes are caused by drowsy drivers.

Most people know how dangerous drinking and driving is -- but they may not know that driving drowsy can be just as fatal as driving drunk.

Try this Sleep Quiz

True or False?

· 1. Everybody has a "biological clock."  TRUE /FALSE

· 2. Drinking coffee cures drowsiness while driving.  TRUE /FALSE

· 3. I can tell when I'm going to fall asleep.  TRUE /FALSE

· 4. I'm a safe driver so it doesn't matter if I'm sleepy.  TRUE /FALSE

· 5. I can't take naps.  TRUE /FALSE

· 6. Nearly everyone gets enough sleep.  TRUE /FALSE

· 7. Being sleepy makes you misperceive things.  TRUE /FALSE

· 8. Young people need less sleep.  TRUE /FALSE

· 9. If I sleep a lot now, I won't need to sleep as much later. TRUE /FALSE

· 10. I have trouble sleeping, or I often wake up tired. TRUE /FALSE

Answers:

1. True  2. False  3. False  4. False  5. False

6. False  7. True  8. False  9. False  10. True

adapted from: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety


Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done ,do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

author unknown


APPLE  "Shift Extension" CRISP

This easy recipe will give you that extra energy needed for those extra hours tacked on to the end of your shift.

What you Need

2 cups sliced apples

3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tbsp. water, or more if desired

What to do

Preheat oven to 350°

Wash, peel and core enough apples to fill two cups when sliced. Butter baking dish and put apples in it, adding the water and cinnamon. Use whatever type of baking dish you wish but make sure the mixture fills pan two-thirds full. Mix flour, butter and sugar, working them together (as for pie dough) until well blended and crumbly. Sprinkle this topping over the apples and bake in pre-heated oven uncovered. Crisp is done when. the apples are cooked through. (approximately 35 minutes)

Serve with whipped or pouring cream.

adapted from a recipe by Gary Talon


That’s it for this issue.

Bye for now!!!

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