Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Drug Offers Some Relief for Shift-Work Sleep Disorder

This could be a real safety benefit for shift workers and odd work hours such as pilots ...

"A recent study offers some potentially promising news for the thousands of Americans who suffer from shift-work sleep disorder.

The study, published in the Aug. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that treatment with 200 milligrams of the drug Modafinil helped reduce the extreme sleepiness common in patients with shift-work sleep disorder and resulted in a "small but significant" improvement in study participants' work performance compared with a placebo.

Of the study participants who took Modafinil, 74 percent saw improvements in their clinical symptoms when evaluated by a physician. Overall, those taking Modafinil fell asleep faster, focused their attention for longer periods of time during night work and avoided accidents or near-accidents while commuting home, according to the study."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Shift Work - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Trying anything to stay awake.

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