Shift Work - Self Test & Diagnosis
Do you have a schedule that requires you to work when you would normally sleep?
Do you have trouble sleeping or are severely tired due to your work schedule?
Have you had this work-related sleep problem for at least one month?
Does this problem hurt your social, family or work life?
If your answer is yes to each of these questions then you might have shift work disorder. A board certified sleep medicine physician can provide you with methods to help your body adjust to your work schedule and to improve your sleep.
Before your appointment, the doctor will ask you to keep a sleep diary for two weeks. You will record when you go to sleep and when you wake up, along with how long you were awake due to difficulty sleeping. A sleep diary will help your sleep medicine physician see your habits and give them clues on what course of treatment to take. The physician will need to know your complete medical history. Be sure to inform him or her of any past or present drug and medication use.
Normally, a record of your sleep patterns and your work schedule is enough information. If the physician suspects other sleep disorders are causing your problems, you may have an in-lab sleep study or a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT).