A Truck Driver with an Irregular Sleep Schedule

Melissa A. Ulhôa, Mario a. Leocadio-Miguel

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The aim of this chapter is to present the case study of a driver who was sent to physical therapy for sleep treatment by his physician. He has sleep complaints and fatigue. The irregular and long working hours at night may be the cause of circadian desynchronization and stressors. After evaluation by anamneses, actigraphy, sleep diary, Karolinska sleepiness scale, and chronotype questionnaire, an intervention program on his routine was designed. The aim of the treatment was to promote circadian rhythms alignment using the adoption of light and dark at appropriate times; to increase sleep quality and duration; and to promote life quality and well-being. Each patient and intervention are unique. Additional outcomes include better sleep parameters, less fatigue, and increased quality of life after these implementations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Cases in Sleep Physical Therapy
EditorsCristina Frange
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783031383403
ISBN (Print)9783031383397, 9783031383427
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2023

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