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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM. Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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Am having difficulty sleeping after night duty, Not yet and

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am having difficulty sleeping after night duty
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Not yet and am not any medications
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: No medications and no known allergy
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No past medical history
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 3 months ago.


Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. Im sorry to hear about your symptoms. Actually when you start doing night duty that changes your circadian rhythm. That means that your sleep wake cycle is disturbed which leads to this problem. Now usually once your body gets used the new sleep wake cycle , you will start to sleep in the mornings after working at night however until the body gets used to this new cycle, you can try to induce sleep with the help of simple measures,

  • Make sure that the room is dark when you are about to sleep
  • Try to exercise an hour or two before bed which will help you go to sleep
  • Make sure you dont eat atleast 1-2 hours before bedtime
  • Make sure that you dont watch TV etc in bed

Apart from these simple measures you should also start using OTC sleep aids which can include any of the following,

  • OTC valerian root
  • OTC melatonin
  • OTC benadryl
  • OTC doxylamine

You can use any of these sleep aids about an hour before your bedtime and they will induce sleep so that you can fall asleep more easily, i would recommend trying melatonin first as that is more natural and helps in most cases.

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