Shift2Sleep – Making Shift Workers Feel Great!

shiftShift workers represent up to 25% of our workforce. Up to 20% of night-shift workers often fall asleep during their shift. They may be responsible for up to 50% of work-related accidents! Because of their non-traditional work schedules, they frequently suffer from sleepiness when they need to be awake and alert, then they can’t fall asleep when the opportunity presents itself. Many shift workers try to normalize their sleep/wake patterns by “flip-flopping” their routines between days they work and days they are off, which actually worsens the problem. Others may try sleeping pills, which are mostly ineffective and have side effects. Studies have shown that people who work nights are as sleepy as a narcoleptic. Ultimately, most shift workers are healthy, normal people working in abnormal circumstances.

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Roy Sleep Medicine understands the importance in taking care of our shift workers. We have set up a unique program called Shift2Sleep, specifically designed to treat these patients’ sleepiness. This program is designed to help shift workers perform at their highest levels when their alertness is most needed. Dr. Roy uses published clinical research and cutting-edge therapies to treat a shift worker’s sleepiness. It is crucial that people who work non-traditional schedules feel great during the shift to avoid accidents and being terminated from their job. We also want you to rest well so you can live well off the job too!

Sleep deprivation has been shown to result in:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Substance abuse risk
  • Increased Prematurity
  • Lower Birth Weight
  • Increased irritability
  • Poor job performance
  • Increased motor vehicle accidents
  • Fatigue
  • Increased stress
  • Poor sexual performance
  • Increased risk of certain cancers

Disturbing statistics about sleep deprivation:

  • Being awake for 19 hours is similar to having a blood-alcohol level of 0.10%
  • A loss of 2 hours of sleep every night for a week is similar to being awake for 24 hours
  • A loss of 2 hours of sleep every night for 2 weeks is similar to being awake for 48 hours
  • The average shift worker sleeps 2-3 hours less than what is required EVERY NIGHT

Who is a shift worker?

  • Truck drivers/commercial vehicle operators
  • Pilots
  • College students
  • Professionals who take overnight call
  • Active military personnel
  • Customer service professionals
  • Emergency response personnel
  • Stay-at-home moms
  • Police officers/security guards
  • Public utility workers
  • Retail employees
  • Anyone working outside 7 am to 6 pm

*If you are a shift worker and are sleepy when you need to be awake, there is hope!
Make an appointment to discuss your concerns with Dr. Roy.


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