[CQ-Contest] Drugs, Sleep and Contesting

Mike DeChristopher k1kaa at arrl.net
Thu May 21 19:49:54 PDT 2009

Could this be the beginning of contesting's "steroid era"?  Mandatory
pre-contest screenings?  Hearings and Mitchell Reports??

Hihi, good idea Pete et al.  It might also be worth mentioning the timing
of sleep/off periods.  When to sleep, when not to sleep, how long to
sleep, etc.  Seems that this is a source of great confusion.

-Mike, K1KAA

> Pete, good call. I've been working for a while on an article that I
> thought I'd put on the Contest wiki and perhaps also somewhere else,
> along the lines of contest nutrition and [legal] supplementation. In
> the last few years, a great number of herbal, vitamin and other
> supplements have come to market that are safe and extremely effective
> in terms of assisting in mental processing, dealing with lack of
> sleep, etc.
> I have a good deal of personal experience with these and while some
> are garbage, some are extremely effective. I'd be happy to share my
> experiences to the contest community at large.
> Jeff N6GQ
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 11:35, Pete Smith <n4zr at contesting.com> wrote:
>> I was thinking of writing a little piece on this for the Contest
>> Compendium's section on sleep deprivation.  My memory no doubt has
>> gaps, but I don't recall any serious discussion of the topic here.  I
>> think that a couple of years ago there was a flurry of interest in a
>> drug called Provigil that had been developed for use by people
>> afflicted with narcolepsy, but that's all I recall.
>> Obviously, I'm not suggesting a discussion of illegal drug use (no
>> greenies, please) but I wonder what the collective experience has
>> been.  Have you tried anything other than the measures suggested in
>> the Compendium article on Sleep strategies?  See
>> http://wiki.contesting.com/index.php/Table_of_Contents#Contest_Operating
>> for that.
>> 73, Pete N4ZR
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