Short Rest Between Work Shifts Linked to Severe Fatigue, Sleep Issues
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Work shifts separated by <11 hours (quick returns) have been found to be associated with pathological fatigue and sleep problems, in this first longitudinal study investigating the link between quick returns and future health issues. 1,224 nurses completed questionnaire-based surveys in 2009 and 2010 to assess quick returns and shift work disorder (SWD), excessive sleepiness, pathological fatigue, and anxiety and depression. The results showed that the annual number of quick returns in the first survey predicted the occurrence of SWD and pathological fatigue in the follow-up survey. A decreased number of quick returns from the first to second survey led to a reduced risk of pathological fatigue. However, no association was seen between quick returns and excessive sleepiness or anxiety and depression.
Shift work disorder, a combination of difficulty sleeping and excessive sleepiness while awake, is known to affect night workers, but there's been little research on people who rest less than 12 hours before returning to work for another shift at any time of day, researchers say. “For now, all ...
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