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Shift work sleep disorder is a circadian sleep disorder in which a person experiences a constant or recurrent pattern of sleep interruption due to shift work schedule, resulting in difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep and/or excessive sleepiness when awake. Other symptoms of shift work sleep disorderinclude difficulty concentrating, headaches, and low energy. Non-traditional shifts, particularly rotating shifts, force people to place their sleep window at a time that is not congruent with their underlying circadian clock. Rotating shifts also weaken the signals from the internal clock leading to greater difficulties with sleep and sleepiness. As a result, people with shift work sleep disorder may have trouble staying alert at their work shift and feel their sleep is unrefreshing.
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Shift Work Sleep Disorder People who work at night or odd shifts can suffer from shift work sleep disorder (SWSD). Their “internal clock” is disrupted, causing their sleep cycle to suffer. Shift Work Sleep DisorderSWSD