Healthy Living

Aug 13, 2014 7:26 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Medications aren't the best solution for people working odd shifts

New research reveals medications may not be the best way to help workers who work odd shifts stay awake on the job or sleep during the day.

Scientists reviewed several small studies and found melatonin helped workers sleep for about 24 minutes longer, but the drug Zoplicone was no more effective than a placebo.

Caffeine reduced sleepiness, but other prescriptions that stimulate wakefulness caused headaches, nausea, and a rise in blood pressure.

Researchers say these medications should only be used temporarily, and people should be aware of the side effects.

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