Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Radio Show for February 5

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 - 8:53 AM by Dr. Brian Wind

WHEN we sleep impacts all of us as human beings greatly. Who are the biggest culprits when it comes to timing our sleep wrong? Why shift workers, of course! We are going to talk about the dangers of shift work, some ways to cope with it, and what the federal government has implemented in regulations for the airline and trucking industries. Tune in Sunday at 9am!

Here on the Sleep Doctors we have regularly discussed the fact that our health and our ability to feel rested and function well are impacted by three sleep related factors – our quality of sleep, our quantity of sleep, and the timing of our sleep. We are going to focus on the third of these three factors today – the timing of our sleep.

WHEN we sleep impacts all of us as human beings greatly. Who are the biggest culprits when it comes to timing our sleep wrong? Why shift workers, of course! These are the folks who go against the grain of our natural sleep cycle and, because of works demands, are up at night and sleep during the day. We thing you’ll be shocked to hear the newest data on just what kind of consequences shift work can have on all of us as human beings.

Sleep in the News

When we sleep is critical. The fact is, the large majority of human beings need to sleep at night and be awake during the day. Going against this normal sleep-wake pattern is majorly problematic for many people. Check out this recent article from MedScape:

Note: You will need to create a free account with Medscape to acces the following article.

Help Me Make it Through the Night (Shift)


The Sleep Doctors are going to discuss Shift Work Sleep Disorder (a Circadian Rhythm Disorder) and the many professions which often require shift work. We’ll aslo discuss the consequences of this type of sleep-wake pattern.

Specifically, the Sleep Doctors will discuss one profession that has been impacted very recently by shift work regulations imposed by the Federal government—pilots.  This, from the National Sleep Foundation:

FAA Issues Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue


But this does not just affect the airline industry, we’ll discuss some of the dangers in the transportation industry and with EMS workers, police, and healthcare workers to name a few.

Finally, we’ll provide some tips to help shift workers better cope with their schedule.  You can also find some help on our website under Circadian Rhythm Disorders (which is the type of disorder shift work leads to).


E-mail Question

With time permitting on the show this week, The Sleep Doctors will answer a question received via the website from Beth. She writes:

I am looking for a better bed. My husband tosses throughout the night and it wakes me up. Do you have a bed type you like…foam, spring, air or other?


Tune in and call in to the show this week!  In honor of the Super Bowl, we’ll have a Super Bowl related trivia question.  The Sleep Doctors want to hear from you Sunday morning at 9am!