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4 Ways To Treat Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Updated on May 31, 2018
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Taylor Christian is a 22 year old freelance writer from Shelbyville, IN. She hopes that her writing will help and benefit people.

Have you been having trouble sleeping because you work a night shift or rotating shifts? You may be having trouble staying awake or alert during these shifts. You also might not be able to get to sleep during the day and you may not feel rested after the sleep you've already gotten. If you've been experiencing these symptoms, you may have Shift Work Sleep Disorder. This sleep disorder can affect your health severely. It can cause you to stress.

Not having enough sleep can increase your chances of having a car accident or on the job accidents. The stress could make you sick and cause you to have poor work performance. So what can you do to get better sleep while working night shifts?

1. Request to be Switched to the Day Shift instead of Night Shift

Ask your boss if you can switch to a regular work schedule working days. That way you can sleep more peacefully at night. This is your first step in treating this sleep disorder. If you work the day shift instead of the night shift you can get more sleep and can wake up in the morning refreshed.

Plus if you work the day shift you have more time to do things when you get home instead of just going right to bed. You can cook a nice home cooked meal for yourself or your family, catch a new movie on TV, or curl up with a good book.

2. Keep Your Sleep Environment Dark and Quiet

Your second step is changing your sleep patterns. When you go to bed make sure your bedroom is dark. You can use a sleep mask if you need to. Cover up bright devices such as clocks with a towel. Also turn the TV off if you have one in your room. Bright devices like the TV and the clock are just distractions that will keep you up instead of falling asleep.

Another thing you could use to get to sleep is earplugs. That way you can block out any loud noises. Make sure the bedroom is at least sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit and eighteen degrees Celsius. A good idea would be to turn off your phone before bed. Your sleep doesn't need to be disturbed by phone calls or text messages.

3. Take Good Care of Yourself

In order to help your sleep disorder you have to take care of your body and think about your health. Its very important to take good care of yourself everyday to ensure that you get better. Make sure you eat a well balanced breakfast every morning and maintain a healthy diet.

Stop drinking alcohol or caffeine before you to bed. You need to exercise regularly. On your work break, don't be afraid to take a short nap. Oh and you can buy some protein bars from your local supermarket and pack them in your lunch bag just in case you need a little energy boost.

4. See About Using Medication

Ask your doctor about using medication to help the problem. The doctor will suggest that you try a dietary supplement called Melatonin. It may be able to help you sleep. You don't even need a prescription for Melatonin. The doctor will tell you how much to take and when to take it.

Another medicine that could help is Modafinil Nootropic. Its a drug that is used to treat sleep disorders. Apparently, it can boost your mood, keep you mentally alert, provide better memory, and improve fatigue. They can be bought online at Modafinil online pharmacy.

© 2018 Taylor Christian

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