Shift Work Jet Lag
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- Nearly ¼ of the U.S. workforce does shift work.
- Shift work is considered a sleep disorder because of the difficulty shift workers often have getting enough good quality sleep.
- Sleep-related results of shift work include disrupted sleep schedules, excessive sleepiness, insomnia, depression and/or irritability, reduced workplace performance, workplace accidents and injuries, and problems with personal relationships.
- Because of the disruption of their biological clock, shift workers are at increased risk for cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases.
What are the symptoms of SWSD?
- The most common symptoms of SWSD are insomnia and excessive sleepiness.
- Other symptoms of SWSD include:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Lack of energy
Not every shift worker suffers from SWSD. However, if you are a shift worker and experience any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor.
What is the risk of untreated SWSD?
- Increased accidents
- Increased work-related errors
- Increased sick leave
- Increased irritability, mood problems, etc.