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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Functioning (Continued)

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Sleep deprivation impairs your mood and communication skills.11,12

  • Sleep-deprived individuals can experience irritability, anxiety, and depression. For example, you may avoid communicating with difficult patients or family members because you view them in a more negative light.
  • You can feel confused, less vigorous, and fatigued or sleepy at inappropriate times.
  • Inappropriate behavior can occur, such as giggling or laughing in serious situations.
  • Communication skills decrease. You may fumble for the right word, say the wrong word, or misinterpret another person’s words.
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