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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

A Test Dose Might Be Helpful

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If you plan to use sleep medications or stimulants occasionally when you have trouble sleeping or to increase alertness, be sure to carefully review detailed information about the medication. Note side effects that are listed so you can quickly recognize if you experience any and you know what action to take.

It may be helpful to take a test dose. This would show you how it affects your body before the need arises. Some people have excessive sleepiness the next day or other unexpected reactions.

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