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Questions To Ask Your Doctor about Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD0

  • How will you determine if I have shift work sleep disorder? Do you recommend that I keep a sleep diary and/or undergo sleep studies to evaluate my quality of sleep?
  • Do you have any tips to help reduce excessive sleepiness associated with shift work?
  • What kinds of changes to my home environment and lifestyle might be beneficial?
  • In addition to lifestyle changes, might I benefit from stress reduction techniques, such as massage therapy, meditation, or yoga?
  • What is light therapy? Might this treatment be helpful?
  • Might I benefit from taking medications to reduce the effects of shift work sleep disorder? If so, what types of medication might you prescribe?
  • Are there any potential side effects associated with these medications?
  • How will you monitor my condition to determine if I have developed health problems that are related to SWSD, such as heart disease and high blood pressure?
  • If a chronic lack of sleep is affecting my overall health, what kinds of treatment might be necessary?
  • Do you recommend that I see a sleep specialist?

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Published: 14 Apr 2009

Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015