If you meet the eligibility requirements, your disorder may be covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. According to the statute, a person is considered disabled if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
- Longer breaks or shorter, more frequent breaks
- Changes in shift to a time when youre more alert
- Natural sunlight or full-spectrum lighting at your workspace
- Flexible hours
- Backup coverage for breaks
- Written, as well verbal, directions
Your best shot is to present solutions to your boss before your sleep problem becomes evident. Waiting until someone spots you snoozing at your desk or writes you up for taking too many breaks only weakens your position to negotiate—and it practically kills your chances of bringing legal action against your company if it comes to that.
Pursuing your options
Whether it's a big corporation or a family business, a brand-new job or a position you've held for years, challenging the norm can be intimidating. One important thing to remember (and to remind your employer) is that the right treatment, once you find it, can go a long way toward improving your performance.