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Q. I work as a 911/dispatcher in Nevada. My fellow dispatchers and I were discussing the graveyard shift. We wanted to know if it is easier to work the graveyard shift in Alaska during your winter when it is dark most of the day?


Dear Juneau Resident,

Nightshift dispatchers at JPD find they get more sleep in the winter because even the daytime hours are relatively dark. While it is easy to be rested work can become boring with the low activity that comes with long, cold, very dark nights.

In the summer nightshift dispatchers are more likely to be alert and engaged during the shift because people are moving around more in the increased light. Dispatchers can become sleep deprived because it is hard to sleep when the sun is out and it is summer in Alaska. There is just so much to do!



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