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Nurses at increased risk of sleep disorders

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Researchers have found that nurses are at an increased risk of deprivation and such as chronic

Published in the journal Sleep, the study found that there is a high prevalence of insufficient and symptoms of common among nurses working at medical centres.

"We were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably chronic and shift work disorder," said from the in the US.

For the study, the research team conducted an of 1,165 nurses. They were questioned on topics such as their sleep schedule and medications they took to induce sleep.

It was found that on an average, nurses slept less than 6.6 hours per night while a healthy person should sleep for at least 7-8 hours per night.

Symptoms consistent with chronic were identified in 31 per cent of nurses, 27 per cent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13 per cent reported using medications to stay awake, said the researchers.

Symptoms indicative of were present in 31 per cent of the nurses. About 18.5 per cent of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnoea.

"Nurses are at an increased risk for such as There should be scheduling modifications to help alleviate the burden of among nurses," said Christian.



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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 12:44 IST