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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

Re: Optimising sleep for night shifts

The best safety measure mentioned and worth considering by every night shift reader here is avoiding driving. Very good highlight. Take public transport or if you walk to your home better to be accompanied by a colleague or friend. That way you're more aware in crossing roads when too tired.

However, hydration is another key component in keeping yourself healthy in stresses such as night shift and lack of sleep.

Extended hours of work should be adjusted in coherence with the admin and stakeholders of the work place as reducing extended/long hours of work will help in recovering physically and cognitively for people who are already feeling the effects of a night shift. This ensures their own well being and safety and also of those they cater to at work and family members dependent on them at home, which is another variable often missed in clinical studies.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 March 2018
Syeda Imbesat Maheen
Clinician
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Stadium Road, Karachi