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A 29-year-old male asked:

is there any medication that can help me with energy and attention during shift work especially night shifts? also is there anything apart from melatonin that can help me with sleeping in the day when working night shift?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Melatonin, Valerian, California poppy can help. Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Sleep disorder : Dr Fowler comprehensively lists items to help sleep but to improve focus and concentration, best take modafanil or Nuvigil when working. Your doctor can help

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