Shift work sleep disorder

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Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) is a condition that affects individuals who work non-traditional hours, such as night shifts or rotating shifts, and can lead to disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue. Symptoms of SWSD may include insomnia, excessive sleepiness, and difficulty adjusting to shift changes, and may have a significant impact on work performance and quality of life. Treatment for SWSD may involve lifestyle changes, medication, or other therapies to manage symptoms and improve sleep quality.


Non-circadian rhythm aligned work schedule can disrupt the body's natural sleep-wake cycle and lead to chronic sleep deprivation, making it difficult for shift workers to fall asleep, stay awake during the day, and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.


Symptoms of SWSD include excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, insomnia, and decreased productivity and concentration. In severe cases, SWSD can also lead to depression, irritability, and increased risk of accidents and injuries.


The treatment of SWSD typically involves lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, practicing good sleep hygiene, and limiting exposure to bright light before bedtime. In some cases, medications such as caffeine, stimulants, and melatonin may also be prescribed such as modafinil, armodafinil, or other medications.

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