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How is the sleep of nurses affected by rotating shift work?
Nursing is a profession in which rotating shift work is common. Consecutive shifts and the
rotation between evening, morning and night shifts have been studied to have an impact on
the sleep of nurses. Sleep may be poorer, shorter and disturbed when working patternless
shifts as the circadian rhythm of each individual is different. The study focuses on rotating
shift work and its impacts on sleep.
The aim of the study is to find out how rotating shift work affects sleep in nurses that work
rotating shifts. The study’s purpose is to provide further information about shift work that
could be used in developing the occupational well-being of nurses. The study was
implemented as a literature review. Articles used in the work have been gathered from online
databases and journals from the area of the study.
The results of the study indicate that certain shift patterns and rotations have a negative
impact on the sleep of nurses who work these shifts. Rotating shift work has led to
insufficient sleep, poor sleep and fatigue in nurses, hence possibly affecting work
performance and health of nurses.