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Better sleep: antidote to on-the-job fatigue.

Authors
Caruso-CC
Source
Am Nurse Today 2012 May; 7(5):38-39
NIOSHTIC No.
20040649
Abstract
Getting enough good-quality sleep each day is important not just for nurses' personal health and safety but for patient safety, too. Like the basic need to eat and drink, the need to sleep is critical for maintaining life and health-and for working safely. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is linked to a wide range of better health and safety outcomes. Long work hours and shift work, in contrast, are tied to sleep disturbances and health and safety risks for nurses, including declines in mental function and physical ability, reduction in immunologic function, and higher rates of depression, injury, heart disease, GI disorders, mood disturbances, and cancer. Multiple studies have found that performance in a person who has been awake for 17 hours or more resembles that of someone with alcohol intoxication.
Keywords
Sleep-disorders; Sleep-deprivation; Nurses; Nursing; Humans; Men; Women; Medical-personnel; Medical-care; Mental-fatigue; Mental-health; Mental-processes; Mental-stress; Risk-factors; Injuries; Heart; Diseases; Cardiovascular-system-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Cardiovascular-disease; Immunologic-disorders
Publication Date
20120501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B04252012
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1930-5583
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Source Name
American Nurse Today
State
OH
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