How Your Bedtime Is Affecting Your Job Performance

Tips for Coping with Work When You Have a Sleep Disorder

Do's & Don'ts

"Many people initially cope with delayed sleep by forcing themselves to keep a normal schedule," says Mansbach. "This results in a chronic sleep deficit, with symptoms that can mimic depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or primary insomnia." Mansbach advises those affected to see a sleep specialist certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. 

So how do you know if you actually have delayed sleep, and aren’t just a garden-variety night owl?

"Most commonly, a sleep specialist will monitor the patient's sleep times with an actigraph, a motion sensor worn like a wristwatch," says Mansbach. "It is possible to infer the body's circadian rhythm by measuring core body temperature and/or melatonin levels periodically around the clock, but this is invasive and expensive. None of these is foolproof. Simpler tests are being developed. Often other tests are done to rule out other causes of the reported sleep problem."