"My shifts were from 8 AM to 2 PM and 8 PM to 2 AM again before we started kick-shifts, mandatory overtime of 2.5 hours that was taken out of sleep time. I might manage to get four and a half good hours of sleep and an hour’s nap every 24 hours, seven days a week for the duration of the season. During rough weather I sometimes put my head inside my pillow case so that my head wouldn’t hit the high sides of the bunk too hard while I was sleeping. Having my body lifted clear off the mattress just felt soothing."
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