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Napping on a nursing shift: can it help to fight fatigue?

Night shifts and long hours can affect sleep and raise the risk of errors, but nursing has been reluctant to embrace napping. We look at research on the subject, and how to nap effectively

Night shifts and long hours can affect sleep and raise the risk of errors, but nursing has been reluctant to embrace napping. We look at research on the subject, and how to nap effectively

  • Fatigue leads to errors, research shows, and anyone who has been awake for more than 16 hours is vulnerable to a ‘micro sleep’
  • Naps have been shown to help manage fatigue for night shift workers in particular, but some nurses worry about grogginess or sleep problems after napping at work
  • How attitudes to napping at work are changing in the nursing profession, plus how to get the most out of a mid-shift nap

Sleep matters. If it is disordered,

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