19 Things You Didn't Know About Living on a Submarine

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Have you ever had the desire to just drop everything and run off to live on a submarine? Though it's tempting to abandon this world in favor of living life beneath the waves, not many people know what it's like actually living on an real sub. Fear not! This list will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about what it's like living on a submarine.

What are the bathrooms like? Can you even lift? There's more to life on a submarine than you might think. Sure, it's hard to tell time, but once you earn your Dolphin Pin, all the hard work is worth it. Read on for all the facts and details that you need to know before you decide to run away from your problems and start your career as a submariner.

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    The Lower Amount of Oxygen Messes with Your Body

    The Lower Amount of Oxygen Messes with Your Body
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    Submarines keep oxygen levels extremely low for safety reasons, but this has some serious side effects. The lower oxygen makes it more difficult for your body to heal if it's been injured. That's usually not a problem, but if you accidentally cut yourself while working, you're not in for a pleasant time.

    Your wound will constantly ooze because it can't heal properly. Other side effects include being tired more often and everyone being extra angry all the time.

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    You Learn to Sleep Like the Dead, But Wake Up on Cue

    You Learn to Sleep Like the Dead, But Wake Up on Cue
    Photo: Ana Sofia Guerreirinho / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0

    One submariner explained how his sleep cycle was the oddest thing. He said, "submariners learn to sleep like the dead, but wake up on cue. I could sleep through people having a loud conversation right next to me. But if someone whispered my name I would wake up."

    That sort of conditioning is intense, but not surprising given the living situation.

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    Sharing a Bunk Is Completely Normal

    Usually, there are not enough bunks, or racks, for everyone. This is just something you have to get used to. It means that most of the time, up to three people are sharing the same rack. When one person comes back from a shift, he wakes up whoever of the three is sleeping and switches spots with him to begin his sleep shift.

    This is often called "hot racking," because usually, the spot will still be warm from the guy who was just sleeping there.

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    Life Is Divided Into Three Six-Hour Segments

    Life Is Divided Into Three Six-Hour Segments
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    Forget living a normal life while on a submarine, you live and die on a strict schedule. The hardest thing might be adjusting to the three, six-hour segment routine you have to endure. Crew members get six hours for sleeping, six hours on watch, and six hours for free time.

    This kind of segmented schedule would be a lot to adjust to.