Could excessive sleepiness (ES) be one of your symptoms
of shift work disorder (SWD)?
Primary symptoms of SWD include being very sleepy (excessive sleepiness) during
waking hours and having trouble sleeping (insomnia). Excessive sleepiness is defined
as having trouble staying awake enough to do the things you usually do. Getting
treatment for insomnia will not necessarily resolve your excessive sleepiness.1-4
- Do I work shifts or a non-traditional work schedule?
- Do I feel tired or sleepy when I need to be awake?
- Is my work, home, or social life negatively affected?
If you answered yes to all 3 questions, then you could be suffering from one
of the SWD symptoms, ES.2
What are the consequences of shift work disorder?
Shift work disorder (SWD) can lead to other issues:5
- Trouble focusing
- Sleepiness-related accidents
- Reduced work performance
- Missed family and social activities
- Impaired functioning
- Increased irritability
- Worsening of heart and stomach disorders
NUVIGIL has not been
demonstrated to affect any of these potential consequences of SWD.
Who is at risk for shift work disorder?
Excessive sleepiness (ES) due to SWD can affect anyone
working nights, early mornings, or rotating shifts. A wide range of occupations
require either permanent or occasional shift work.6
While SWD can affect men and women of all ages, some factors may cause even greater
problems coping with symptoms:7
- Age greater than 50 years
- History of sleep disorders
- History of stomach disorders
- Heart disease
While NUVIGIL is used to improve wakefulness in patients with ES due to SWD, it
is not used to treat SWD itself or its other symptoms or consequences.4