I have sleep problems, on and off and currently find myself waking in the night a lot. I am in many of the catagories who you say are at risk; I am a shift worker and my shifts change from night to days every week. I have a chronic ill health condition and some of my medications hold insomnia as a side effect.. I'm older- in my 40's and so it looks like I'm stuffed!! However, as a positive, I drink a lot of caffeine (probably to get me through my shifts and stay awake), but because of your article - I'm giving it up slowly and turning decaf instead!
Thanks for this article. I have been battling this issue for quite some time and have never taken the time to research it or talk to a doctor due to lack of health insurance. I used to sleep an average of 4 hours at a time and since being unemployed I have slept a full 8 hours! However, this past week, I would go to sleep at 8pm and be wide awake at midnight to fall back to sleep anywhere between 2 and 6am. I am in my late 30's not quite 40 but still close.
As a 50+ former shift worker I have to disagree with the statement that you can't change your hours of work. I was always on the lookout for day jobs, especially when I found I could not sleep in the daytime anymore, as I used to be able to do when I was younger. I had to accept a temporary reduction in hours, and give up shift premiums, but now a few years later I'm at last starting to sleep better through the night, and my wallet is no worse off.
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