Posted on February 17th, 2021
Sleep is very crucial for all human beings and is so for healthcare workers too. They are no exception. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that catching adequate snooze is just as essential as eating and exercising properly. However, are the medical professionals getting the needed sleep? Probably not, because they are the ones who are suffering the most from Sleep Deprivation (SD), Sleep-wake Disorders(SWD), Shift Worker Sleep Disorder (SWSD) or some kinds of problems that are impacting sleep.
With this harsh reality, let us see what actually these sleep disorders are? How healthcare workers can fight them for the good of themselves and also their patients.
SD can cause cognitive impairment and weaken performance in works which ask vigilance, memory planning and decision making like shift work (e.g., health care and emergency services). It can end in mistakes both off and on the role when not managed well.
SWD and SWSD in shift workers denote daily rhythm sleep illnesses characterized by signs of insomnia and extreme sleepiness concerning working a nontraditional schedule (one that clashes with natural, endogenetic sleep-wake rhythms).
The health can indeed suffer if one constantly shortchanges on sleep. Diabetes, obesity, inappropriate digestive function, heightened risk of cancer, heart disease and car crashes are a few of the common problems that arise if one is not getting enough sleep.
As per the estimates of the Cleveland Clinic, shift workers between 10 to 40% face SWSD. Those ones who regularly shift schedules are more prone to be affected. Besides, daytime sleep isn’t equal to nighttime sleep in either duration or quality and makes recovering difficult. Surprisingly many aren’t aware of this fact and assume that they are working because they are sleeping enough.
Although these facts are really hard, employees, especially healthcare workers, cannot change the work hours. However, there is nothing to worry about as making some lifestyle changes can lessen the side effects of these sleep disorders. Sticking to multimodal method consisting of sleep hygiene measures, sleep scheduling, exercise, healthy diet, light therapy, melatonin and enrolling family and social support aids alleviating the symptoms of these sleep disorders.
Follow all these above tips to see a better sleep with each passing day.
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