I’m 36 years old and I’ve been on an overnight shift for the past 5 years. I have developed a fairly regimented sleep routine but never seem to get more than 4 or 6 hours sleep with the aid of zquil. I usually wake up after 2 hours and then force myself back to sleep 2 times. I work a ten hour shift and find that after 6 hours I’m struggling to stay awake. (I often wake up 3-4 hours before my shift starts) More often than not I will sneak a nap in at work which seems to help despite the fact that it is risky. I resort to drinking red bull which only seems to help minimally. The weekends are inconsistent. Some weekends I spend my Entire first day off sleeping. Other weekends I force myself to stay up but can feel the prolonged effects of not sleeping which affects me and everything I’m trying to do. It’s as if my mind has deteriorated but I don’t want to waste the day so I try and force through with minimal productivity. I had a friend who gave me various types of adderall but the side effects seemed to outweigh the benefits, mainly the headaches so I abandoned it. After doing this for years I’ve just grown to accept that it really can’t get any better than the routine I’ve developed but after reading through some of the posts in here I feel as if this could be a life changer. My question is where do I begin if I were to see my primary physician? I don’t want to walk in demanding a specific drug as I feel it will damage my credibility and I’ll look like someone trying to work the system for drugs. At the same time I don’t want to spend months and copayments being referred around to other specialists who tell me to change my diet or have a sleep study conducted. Any advice on how I go about obtaining a legitimate prescription through my doctor? After the brief research I’ve conducted I feel that I’m a possible candidate for this drug based on the hours I work and my current lifestyle.