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Healthy sleep

A CPD article enhanced Sue Wrigglesworth’s knowledge of the importance of sleep and its health benefits

A CPD article enhanced Sue Wrigglesworth’s knowledge of the importance of sleep and its health benefits.

Abstract

As a nurse who works permanently on night shifts, I read with interest the CPD article on promoting healthy sleep.

The article examined what is known about the process and purpose of sleep. Although much is known about the basic mechanisms that sustain and induce sleep, scientific information about how and why we sleep is incomplete.

Research has emphasised the health implications of sleep deprivation. This is particularly relevant for nurses, because changing shift patterns can prevent a regular sleep-wake cycle from being achieved. I am now aware that shift work, especially night duty, is associated with significant health risks. These risks to health include heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

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This reflective account is based on NS834 Price B (2016) Promoting healthy sleep. Nursing Standard. 30, 28, 49-58.

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