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8 Apps, Gadgets To Keep IT Pros Awake On The Job

Working nights? Pulling long shifts? Stretched too thin during the holidays? Here's a list of apps and gadgets to make sure you don't fall asleep on the job.
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Caffeinated Products
Like I said, the data center runs on caffeine. Before getting into the higher tech approaches to staying awake, there is always good, old-fashioned energy-in-a-cup. But if a cup of coffee isn't right for you, maybe you'd rather try toothpaste. Power Toothpaste, a product launching a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo this month after a site promotion, can freshen your breath and boost your energy at the same time. As the site says, you'll get a 'rush when you brush.' 
If you're into energizing through your whole body, try Shower Shock, the caffeinated soap, which claims you can absorb 200 milligrams of caffeine through the skin with every wash. That's more caffeine than a short cup of Starbucks coffee. Either one -- the toothpaste or the soap -- promises to put pep in your step while also improving your hygiene for those long nights trapped in tight spaces with colleagues. 
(Image: Shower Shock via ThinkGeek)

Caffeinated Products

Like I said, the data center runs on caffeine. Before getting into the higher tech approaches to staying awake, there is always good, old-fashioned energy-in-a-cup. But if a cup of coffee isn't right for you, maybe you'd rather try toothpaste. Power Toothpaste, a product launching a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo this month after a site promotion, can freshen your breath and boost your energy at the same time. As the site says, you'll get a "rush when you brush."

If you're into energizing through your whole body, try Shower Shock, the caffeinated soap, which claims you can absorb 200 milligrams of caffeine through the skin with every wash. That's more caffeine than a short cup of Starbucks coffee. Either one -- the toothpaste or the soap -- promises to put pep in your step while also improving your hygiene for those long nights trapped in tight spaces with colleagues.

(Image: Shower Shock via ThinkGeek)

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kstaron
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kstaron,
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12/21/2015 | 9:36:50 AM
Poor Management
I understand that sometimes you need to bite the bullet and work late or go in during odd hours, but if you need to invest in a gadget to keep you awake, the company needs to seriously reconsider whats going on. Pulling long hours doesn't make for good results. Do you really want to run code from someone that's been up for 25 hours and shaky from caffiene and only awake due to the alarms going off in his earpiece? Everybody knows that's unlikely to be a good piece of code. It might work, but it would be so much more effiecient and elegant if the programmer had time to sleep and go home to spend time with family. If having to do something like that has become the norm, it's bad management practices in hiring or scheduling.
BelBrown
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BelBrown,
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12/10/2015 | 4:32:37 PM
ISS
I agree more naps would be great but often not realistic. I've just looked through their site and looks like these glasses have been used by NASA controllers working on the International Space Station. If it's good enough for them?!
jries921
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jries921,
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12/10/2015 | 1:02:42 PM
Perhaps...
...supervisors should insist that their people actually go home and go to bed; maybe even spend some time with their families.  Sleep deprived employees aren't doing anyone any favors; not even their employers.  Long nights are part of the culture for programmers and system administrators; they are even taken as signs of industry and commitment, but they can be and frequently are overdone; and the Law of Diminishing Returns works here just as well as it does everywhere else.
Michelle
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12/9/2015 | 11:54:28 AM
A bug in the ear
I would take the ear bugs over other methods. I suspect you might get a jolt for looking down to read without thinking of the attachments on your ears.
mak63
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mak63,
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12/8/2015 | 10:21:08 PM
Re: How about take a short break?
You took the idea out off my keyboard. I believe no app or gadget beats a good 20 minutes micro-nap.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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12/7/2015 | 10:12:22 AM
toothpaste
I like the toothpaste idea. It's the only multi-tasking idea on the list--you get fresh breath and caffeine. Fresh breath is a nice benefit for someone who's been sleeping on the floor or a couch.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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12/7/2015 | 10:09:56 AM
Re: How about take a short break?
Li Tan,

That's a good idea, but how many companies have nap areas for IT? When Google started they had a nap room but it changed to an illicit actions room.
batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:45:10 AM
Re: How about take a short break?
@Li Tan, good point as we do need to have a break from technology... during our free time :)
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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12/4/2015 | 11:53:04 PM
How about take a short break?
These Apps are fancy but I would still avoid using them. If there is long work shift, I would prefer to have a rest from time to time and eat light snacks. The industry is fierece and we must take care of our own well-being.
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