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Rapid response to:

Practice Essentials

Optimising sleep for night shifts

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (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

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Re: Optimising sleep for night shifts

The possible use of Modafinil is mentioned in this article.

Modafinil is an enzyme inducer, and may therefore reduce the efficacy of most hormonal contraceptives.

Female doctors should be aware that they may need to take contraceptive advice before using this drug, or they may have disturbed nights for a very different reason some months later

Reference fsrh-ceu-clinical-guidance-drug-interactions-with-hormonal-contraception-2017%20(1).pdf

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 March 2018
Lesley Bacon
Retired consultant
Oxleas NHS Trust