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.
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