Shift Work Sleep Disorder Treatments

shift work sleep disorder

Get Relief from Your Shift Work Sleep Disorder

It is possible to get great sleep at any time of day or night

For the many people that do not work a regular nine to five schedule, shift work sleep disorder is a real problem. It affects people who work at times when other people are typically sleeping – late at night or very early in the morning. This type of work conflicts with the body’s natural circadian rhythms and makes it difficult to fall asleep when you want to and stay awake when you have to.

Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Over time, this lack of healthy sleep can have real consequences for a person’s health. People who suffer from shift work sleep disorder frequently experience headaches, moodiness, and lethargy. As a result, they are at a greater risk of accidents at work or on the road. And over time, the disorder can lead directly to cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity. Before it gets that bad, pursue these shift work sleep disorder treatments:

Bright Light Therapy

This treatment involves exposure to a light that helps to readjust the body’s internal clock. Typically people pursue the therapy right after waking up and again around midday. Special lights are available, but even a desk lamp will provide some therapeutic benefits.

Sleep Medication

This can prove to be an effective treatment for shift work sleep disorder, but only over the short term. Ideally, you will be able to get natural, healthy sleep without the aid of sleeping pills.

Melatonin Supplementsshift work sleep disorder

Melatonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and helps signal the time for sleep. Taking a low-dose melatonin supplement several hours before heading to bed can help initiate sleep faster.

Clockwise Rotation

Many people in shift work find themselves working a rotating schedule. When this is the case, ask you boss to schedule your shifts in a clockwise rotation – the next shift starts later than the current shift. Moving forward rather than backward is easier for the body to adjust to.

Keep a Schedule

Try to stick to the same wake/sleep schedule even on your days off. If you are consistent, your body will eventually adjust to the schedule.   Tweet this

Nap

You can relieve many of the symptoms of shift work sleep disorder by taking a 20-30 minute nap right before your shift is supposed to start, or even in the middle of the shift if possible.

A Good Mattress From Sleep Solutions Can Help

One final thing to consider is the condition of your mattress. No matter how tired you may be after your shift, if you are lying on a saggy, lumpy mattress, you will have trouble getting to sleep. If your current mattress is overdue for an upgrade, visit the Sleep Solutions store in Kendalville, IN and work with one of Sleep Geeks to find the mattress that is right for you.

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