What You Need to Know About Excessive Sleepiness and Shift Work

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  • of shift work. Set up a support group at work so that you can discuss these issues and learn from one another.

When your shift is over and you have to sleep, here are some tips for sleeping during the day:

  • Wear dark glasses to block out the sunlight on your way home.
  • Keep to the same bedtime and wake time schedule, even on weekends.
  • Eliminate light and noise from your sleep environment (use eye masks and ear plugs).
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages and foods close to bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol; although it may seem to improve sleep initially, tolerance develops quickly and it will soon disturb sleep. 
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