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Here is a quick mnemonic “REDUCE SLEEP to remember about Shift Work Disorder Treatment

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Shift Work Disorder Treatment : How To Remember Easily ?

  • R – Reduce the risk of fatigue-related performance lapses through postural changes, exercise, and strategic placement of nap opportunities.
  • E – Enhance alertness and facilitate rapid adaptation to night-shift work through properly timed exposure to blue-enriched light or bright white light.
  • D – Decrease excessive sleepiness during night work by using Modafinil or Armodafinil (medications) 30-60 minutes before the start of an 8-hour overnight shift.
  • U – Understand that although Modafinil or Armodafinil improves performance and reduces sleep propensity and the risk of lapses of attention during night work, affected patients may still remain excessively sleepy.
  • C – Caffeine is frequently used by night workers to promote wakefulness, but it cannot prevent sleep indefinitely and does not protect users from sleep-related performance lapses.
  • E – Educate night-shift workers about sleep, raise awareness about the hazards associated with sleep deficiency and night work, and screen for common sleep disorders as part of fatigue risk management programs.
  • S – Schedule work shifts to minimize exposure to night work, the frequency of shift rotations, the number of consecutive night shifts, and the duration of night shifts.
  • L – Learn and implement effective fatigue risk management strategies for night-shift workers, including proper sleep habits, lifestyle adjustments, and appropriate use of interventions.
  • E – Emphasize the importance of sleep in maintaining optimal performance and well-being, and encourage night-shift workers to prioritize rest and recuperation.
  • E – Evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of fatigue risk management programs for night-shift workers, making necessary adjustments based on outcomes and feedback.
  • P – Promote a comprehensive approach to reducing sleep-related risks in night-shift work, considering multiple factors such as education, interventions, and work schedule design.


Dr. Arin Nandi

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