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Most people who work night or overnight shifts are accustomed to feeling a bit tired on the job, especially when they first start or are working rotating shifts. However, did you know that continuous tiredness may be indicating a medical problem?
Ongoing symptoms that interfere with work or family life are not normal. Chronic sleep deprivation is not something you should “just deal with” because you work shifts. It has serious consequences for your health, your relationships, your productivity and your safety.
Symptoms of sleep deprivation are:
Treatment includes building a steady routine (as much as possible), along with attempting to best help control sleepiness, which might include scheduled naps, light therapy, creating a better daytime sleeping environment, and, at times, prescription sleep aids.
Every person has his or her own sleep issues, especially when it comes to shift work. If you are struggling with these symptoms and they are affecting your relationships and quality of life, you need to see a doctor.