Diagnosing Shift Work Sleep Disorder

People who work irregular or rotating shifts and experience symptoms of shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) should contact a physician or sleep specialist. A diagnosis of shift work disorder often includes taking a medical and sleep history, evaluating sleep hygiene, and performing a physical examination and sleep studies.

Sleep studies are painless, noninvasive tests that are used to measure how much and how well a person sleeps. Some of these tests are performed in a sleep center, sleep clinic, or sleep laboratory (sleep lab). Types of sleep studies include polysomnography, multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT), maintenance and wakefulness tests (MWT), and actigraphy.

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Published: 15 Apr 2009

Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012