June 13, 2019

Nurses have increased risk of sleep disorders, deprivation

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

Academic medical center nurses have a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of sleep disorders, finds this study presented June 10 at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in San Antonio.

A survey of 1,165 nurses at an academic medical center found that:


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  • 49% averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night
  • 31% had symptoms of chronic insomnia
  • 4.5% had excessive daytime sleepiness
  • 27% used medications to help them sleep
  • 13% used medications to stay awake
  • 31% had shift work disorder symptoms
  • 18.5% had a moderate-to-severe risk for sleep apnea.

A focus on self-awareness and interventions are warranted to mitigate the detrimental effects of sleep disorders and to ensure proper safety and performance for nurses, the authors say.

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