People that work nights or frequently rotate their shifts have a schedule that goes against the body’s natural Circadian rhythm which makes them more susceptible to developing shift work sleep disorder (SWSD). Usually those who work non-traditional hours are at a higher risk of struggling with insomnia, excessive sleepiness or inability to adjust to different sleep schedules.
Signs and Symptoms
Not every shift worker suffers with SWSD, but those who do usually acquire the same symptoms. A Shift Work Sleep Disorder test can determine if the following symptoms are indeed SWSD. Aside from insomnia or excessive sleepiness, symptoms also include:
- Lethargy or reduced energy levels
- Concentration issues or headaches
- Weakened immune system
- Increased irritability and behavioral issues
Shift Work Sleep Disorder Test
Located in Gainesville, Georgia, our sleep study lab provides the residents of Atlanta and North Georgia with the opportunity to receive proper sleep testing, diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing the symptoms of SWSD and think you may need Shift Work Sleep Disorder treatment, visit our sleep lab for a professional and comfortable shift work sleep disorder test. Once tested, our sleep professionals will be able to properly diagnose your potential disorder and offer you the treatment you need.
Contact us today at (678) 450-3625 to speak to our team.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder Treatment and Prevention
People who have drastically fluctuating work schedules need to make sure they are getting sufficient sleep. Even if it is mid-day and the sun is shining, the body will still need sleep in order to function properly. Suffering from shift disorder is not only frustrating for those who suffer from it, but it can also be extremely dangerous. There is an increased risk of falling asleep at the wheel, while operating machinery, and significant implications on health.
While you are receiving Shift Work Sleep Disorder treatment, there are precautions you can take to decrease the effects of the disorder all together.
Read more on some of our Guidelines for decreasing the effects of SWSD.