Eat/Sleep Cluster

Sleep in adults


It is important to note, that if there have been any sudden changes in sleep or decline in sleep quality, changes in health or effects of medication should be followed up with a healthcare professional.

Changes to medication dose and type should be discussed with a health practitioner in the first instance. Changes to alternative medications should never be made without medical guidance – always consult your healthcare practitioner if you are concerned by changes in sleep quality or quantity. Also consult your healthcare provider if daytime sleepiness or difficulty sleeping are negatively impacting mental health. 

Shift work

Additional consideration to sleep management needs to be given if you work early mornings, through the night, or work rotating shifts. Not being able to establish a consistent sleep routine can severely affect the amount and quality of sleep. Insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and reduced total sleep time are characteristic of shift work disorder, which is a diagnosed sleep disorder. 

Consult your doctor or medical professional for advice and support if you pursue or receive a diagnosis of shift work disorder. Please note, the use of melatonin, sedatives and stimulants to support shift work should only be implemented under medical supervision. Naps, light therapy and good sleep hygiene strategies are advised. 

Coping with Shift Work


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