ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

4 Ways To Treat Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Updated on May 31, 2018
Taylor Christian profile image

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)