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Really good advice above, and I agree you're probably going to just have to take some time to figure out what works best for you.

I generally stay awake until 1 or 2am and then sleep until just before shift change. Go home at 7a sleep until about 11a - 1p ish depending on how busy I was the night before. If I am busy all night and don't sleep much, then I just adjust accordingly. The first night shift is always the worst and I can't sleep worth $#!t but by the 3rd night or so then I'm pretty good with that schedule. 

The thing I found to be the biggest problem when I first started EMS (about 7 years ago) was the worrying about weather calls. If it was clear and a million all night, or crap weather all night then I could sleep like a baby because I knew when the tones went off I was either going or not. If the weather was iffy or forecast to get worse etc... then I found it near impossible to sleep because I felt that I needed to always be watching the weather. I was afraid of not paying attention to the trend and then accepting a flight and the weather turning on me while out, or missing something and flying into crap. Once I started to figure out that saying no to a flight was easy and it's better to say no and have the weather be good, then to say yes and fly into crapola, and I started to not care about turning flights down it got much easier. 

So, long story short, sleep if you need/want to, don't if you don't. If weather concerns you, remember it's always better to be down here wishing you were up there, then up there wishing you were down here. Specially if you're tired. Don't feel bad about turning down flights. 



  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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