This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
It’s important for your health to get treated if you are suffering from shift work disorder. If you’re wondering whether you have shift work disorder, take a look through the following statements about your symptoms and sleep patterns. If you are experiencing any of these, talk to your doctor.
- I feel drowsy when I’m at work, or in my “off time” during family or social engagements.
- I have fallen asleep at work.
- I’m not productive at work. I often can’t think quickly or make good decisions while I’m on the job.
- I have trouble falling asleep when it’s time to sleep (when my shift ends, or when I am “supposed” to sleep).
- I wake up too soon. I cannot sleep seven to nine hours continuously.
- My sleep is “broken” and I wake up frequently during the time I should be sleeping.
- I feel irritable or moody.
- My shift work schedule has created trouble in my personal life (with my partner, family, or friends).