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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Do You Have Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder? ( Continued)

If you have any of the following symptoms of common sleep disorders, see your health care provider.1,18

  • It takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night.
  • You awaken frequently in the night and then have trouble falling back to sleep.
  • You awaken too early in the morning.
  • You frequently do not feel well rested despite sleeping 7-8 hours or more a day.
  • You feel sleepy during the day and fall asleep within 5 minutes if you have an opportunity to nap, or you fall asleep at inappropriate times during the day.
  • Your bed partner claims you snore loudly, snort, gasp, or make choking sounds while you sleep, or your partner notices your breathing stops for short periods.
  • You have creeping, tingling, or crawling feelings in your legs that are relieved by moving or massaging them, especially in the evening and when you try to fall asleep.
  • You have vivid, dreamlike experiences while falling asleep or dozing.
  • You have episodes of sudden muscle weakness when you are angry or fearful or when you laugh.
  • You feel as though you cannot move when you first wake up.
  • Your bed partner notes that your legs or arms jerk often during sleep.
  • You regularly need to use stimulants to stay awake during the day.
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