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    Tancas72
    ✘ Not a client

    You are so right, unless you are living with insomnia it is difficult to understand and then in turn treat effectively. I have battled with insomnia as a shift worker since 2014. I have been to different Doctors over the years that have all had varied opinions and at times even dismissed as being a real issue with a take this pill and you will be fine attitude. I have recently been referred to a respiratory sleep physician to be told I don’t have a respiratory issue contributing to my insomnia which I already knew being a nurse myself. This has been a costly process and I am no further forward and suffering terribly.
    So I find myself now researching and finding my own answers in how to solve this debilitating problem.

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    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Hello Tancas72 and welcome to the forum. You mentioned that you are a shift worker — have you investigated the possibility that your sleep disruption might be because of your shift work and the associated disruption to your body clock? In other words, you may have a circadian rhythm disorder rather than chronic insomnia.

    You might find it helpful to talk to someone who specializes in circadian rhythm sleep disorders and who has a track record in helping shift workers in particular.

    I hope this helps.

    #32283

    Tancas72
    ✘ Not a client

    I have experienced insomnia with both working shifts work but then also when working Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Although I do agree the shift work May have resulted in a circadian rhythm sleep disorder from what I have read.

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    frozensun
    ✘ Not a client

    whats is the difference,there is no single doctor who can enter his or my brain and tell it to shut down so we can fall asleep.
    What is the difference between circadian rhythm disorder and chronic insomnia?

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