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Night Shift Workers

Workers who are required to work during normal sleeping hours are at high risk for shift-work sleep disorder.

Night Shift sleep disorder may result in insomnia, excessive sleepiness, impaired work performance and safety hazards. This category includes those who work late-night shifts, early-morning shifts and rotating shifts.

One study of 2,570 workers found that 10 % of those working rotating or night schedules met criteria for shift-work sleep disorder. The study showed that health concerns may be aggravated by shift work. Workers identified as having shift-work sleep disorder had higher rates of ulcers, sleepiness-related accidents, absenteeism, depression, and missed family and social activities. It is also known that those with shift work have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders.

To adjust your circadian rhythm and sleep cycle for optimal performance, energy and brain function/alertness, use a bright light box within 30-60 minutes of waking. This will adjust your sleep/wake clock naturally, and tells your brain that the sun is rising and it is time to wake up.

  • Try taking one capsule of calcium one to two hours before going to sleep. Adequate calcium levels in the blood are required for good sleep.
  • Inositol (Member of the B vitamin family that acts as a sedative). 1,000 mg upon waking, 1,000 mg an hour before going to sleep.
  • Kava. 250 mg before going to sleep. Powerful relaxing effects.

For more information on sleep issues, circadian rhythm disorders, jet lag, children with ADD, tips for sleeping better and related articles, please visit the website below:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/sleep


Actual Client Testimonials

"I really like the Alaska Northern Lights box. It's BRIGHT and the light is still very easy on the eyes- not all light boxes are like that. It's 10,000 lux at a couple feet, I believe, which means the box doesn't have to be right in front of my face to work for SAD. The workmanship is excellent and I'm very happy with it. I also bought the floor stand, which could use improvement in one area- it only tilts at a few set angles and can't always be set as I'd like. That said, I'd probably buy the stand again- It allows the light to be at an angle coming from above which is more natural and not only does it work great for SAD, but makes a VERY nice area task lamp with a very bright, soft, even light that covers an entire work area."

Michael H. Vancouver, WA
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