Shift-Workers Sleep Disorder

Almost 60-70 percent of the US workforce performs shift work. Some work rotating shifts while others work night shifts. Humans are highly adaptable but the primary circadian rhythm in humans involves sleeping at night. So people that work night shifts or rotating shifts are particularly susceptible to a variety of problems that are not seen in people that work regular hours in the daytime 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 night shifts or rotating shifts and suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may have shift-workers sleep disorder. There are many interventions that are available to minimize or to treat your shift-workers sleep disorder.

Our board-certified sleep doctor has the knowledge and experience in treating shift-workers sleep disorder. If you think that you may have shift-workers sleep disorder please call us at (903) 787-7533 or go HERE to begin the process to schedule a personalized consultation with us at Sleep Medicine Institute of Texas, PA.