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Optimising sleep for night shifts

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5637 (Published 01 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5637
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A suggested sleep strategy covering before, during, and after night shifts

Sleep Checklist

A good night's sleep is the perfect reward for a day spent working, caring, and sharing. If you can't sleep at night, the problem is how you spent your day. Here is my sleep checklist:

S - Say the truth to yourself and others.

L - Lie down and take a daytime nap.
E - Eat well and avoid addictive substances.

E - Exercise and stretch.

P - Pray and hope.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 March 2018
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA