Forgoing Sleep to Adjust to Shift Work Schedules is a Disruptive Strategy for Nurses

A study examining the strategies nurses use to adjust between day and night sleep cycles found that as many as 25 percent of hospital nurses go without sleep for at least 24 hours in order to adjust to working on the night shift. This strategy is not effective in helping nurses’ internal clocks adjust to a nighttime schedule, researchers said.  Source :

The study results appear in Public Library of Science One.

Gamble KL, Motsinger-Reif AA, Hida A, Borsetti HM, Servick SV, et al. (2011). Shift Work in Nurses: Contribution of Phenotypes and Genotypes to Adaptation. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18395. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018395

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