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Lack of sleep makes labs worse?
Apr 29, 2005

Hi Doc,

I've been poz for 7 years with excellent numbers. Over the past six months, however, I've been working a LOT of 12 hour night shifts, back to back... sometimes 7 nights in a row. Been trying to kick start my new career.

Turns out, now my last two labs have been much worse than normal. (VL = x2, CD4s down by 200) Do you think having my sleeping/eating patterns turned upside down could be a cause? These night shifts really wear me out; I can totally feel it. They make me feel so weak and sometimes dizzy, with shortness of breath and my heart sometimes feels like it doesn't want to beat fully! (and Im only 40) I try to sleep during the day, but it's not deep sleep and I don't feel refreshed upon waking. I've told my employer I have to completely stop doing these night shifts because I think its really bad for my health! Luckily, my cool boss agrees, so I won't be doing them any more. Whew!

When I don't do nights, I feel totally fine. No probs at all. Healthy as can be.

Do you think my labs might improve significantly once I'm back on a normal, sensible sleeping/eating pattern for a while? Boy I hope I haven't done any permanent damage! Would appreciate any input you might have. Thanks!

Dave

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Although not studied well, anecdotally stress, however induced, can affect your counts.



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