Nurses Sleep Work Ballance

In the series of ‘Safety At Work’, a new project will soon start, on the impact of a disballance of Sleep – Wake in the nursing profession. In this stage we are collecting experiances, articles and publications.

“Nurses are sleeping, on average, less than recommended amounts before work, which may be impacting their health and performance on the job. Health care managers may consider interventions to support nurses’ sleep to improve patient care.

With the increasing pressure on nurses, relate to nurse shortage making longer hours with less time to recover and covering each other in shifts gaps, it’s inevitable that that nurses spend less time in sleeping. Also the sleeping time is under pressure. Also in relation to night and day shift, an imbalance of a healthy wake and sleep balance is under threat. This has impact on nurses health but also on the quality of cate and patient safety. This chapter deals about safety at work related to a nurses health and sleeping problems”.


To include chapters:

  • NREM – REM sleep
  • Qualty and Quantity of sleep
  • Ballancing between th need and must sleep for next shift
  • Young nurses need education about night shifts.
  • A good night sleep for nurses meand good care to patients
  • There is more than “sleep it of”
  • Less quality of sleep and increase of making mistakes and errors.
  • Health threats: cancer and female nurses in nightshifts

Links to studies

Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety

Bornout and sleep deprevation

Lack of sleep is harming health care workers – and their patients

‘Healthcare workers with sleep disorders were twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression as their more refreshed colleagues, 50% more likely to report anxiety and 70% more likely to report anxiety, according to an article in the Journal of Affective Disorders’