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Shift Workers Sleep Disorder

Almost 60-70 percent of the US workforce performs shift work. Some people work rotating shifts, while others work night shifts. Humans are highly adaptable, but their primary circadian rhythm involves sleeping at night. So people that work rotating or night shifts are particularly susceptible to a variety of problems that are not seen in people that work regular daytime hours and sleep at night.

Common problems associated with rotating shifts and night shifts include:

  • Fatigue, mostly chronic
  • Insomnia
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Weight gain and diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypertension
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Motor vehicular accidents
  • Susceptibility to respiratory infections

If you work rotating or night shifts and suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may have a shiftworker's sleep disorder. There are many interventions that are available to minimize or treat your shiftworker's sleep disorder. Our board certified sleep physician has the expertise and experience in treating shiftworker's sleep disorders. Call us at 903-787-7533 or click HERE to begin the process of scheduling a personalized consultation with us at Sleep Medicine Institute of Texas.