RE: sleep depravation

From:Greg Hayward

Hi Bruce, 

I think there are a multitude of possible explanations for sleep disorders
in histology. Here is one which may scare you. 
Anesthetic agents generally work by being soluble in lipids (myelin to be
specific), as are many of the solvents we use in histology. The solvents
that we use could effect sleep by a similar action. I wonder if you are
describing withdrawal symptoms from the solvents. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Kathy Paton 
Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2001 10:42
To: 'P. Emry'
Cc: ''
Subject: RE: sleep depravation

Hi Bruce

I couldn't agree more Bruce.   Everyone has a natural time clock
and I am most certainly not the early bird.  (Who wants to catch worms
anyhow....yuuck!)   We have to be grateful that we do work with these
worm catchers thou.  Our department starts at 4am because it suits
the senior technician who is a solo mum and has afternoon family
commitments.  Obviously it suits the department as well!! 
I DO NOT cover her in her absence!@#%%%!
I would actually consider it "dangerous" for me (the walking dead at
that hour in the morning)to cover in her absence.   I can not think
properly or physically react properly (ie: like getting my fingers away from
a microtome blade).
It would not surprise me that this is the reason for so many early morning
road traffic accidents 
Wearily yours 
 Kathy Paton
 Team Leader
  Surgical Pathology Unit
  North Shore Hospital
  New Zealand

-----Original Message-----
From: P. Emry []
Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2001 10:22
To: Bruce Gapinski
Cc: ''
Subject: Re: sleep depravation

Hi Bruce,

I am having a very difficult time with sleep.  I get restless to the
extreme and can't stop tossing and turning.  I use a bipap machine, but
this developed long after I got it.  What kind of doctor would one consult
for this?  Sleep Disorder Clinics are in the Pulmonary Department.  With
my bipap, pulmonary is not the problem.

Anything in the histology lab that might contribute to it?


On Wed, 21 Nov 2001, Bruce Gapinski wrote:

> Do any of my fellow Histologists suffer from sleep depravation? I find
> the older I get the harder it is to switch to an earlier shift. I get
> something we've dubbed 2nd day syndrome. It's not the first day waking up
> or 2 hrs earlier but the second day. I feel ill, and cranky. I'll bet it's
> akin to jet lag.
> It's to the point that I truly hate covering for anyone on vacation.
> Furthermore, do you wake up early on your days off? I find it difficult to
> get on "regular" hours except when I take my 3 week vacation. By the end
> much better shape. I think more clearly and I feel really good. Is this
> killing me?  Sleep is important, and I'll bet I'm not alone. How do you
> cope?
> Respectfully,
> Bruce Gapinski HT(ASCP)

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