Serious Sleep Deprivation?! - page 2

by medsurgrnco

Wondering if anyone else has had serious sleep deprivation resulting from insomnia and problematic work schedules, so that you've had serious effects. Wondering if those effects were understood by your employers or if you were... Read More


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    I work nights and once - on the way home - fell asleep at the wheel while waiting to join the motorway, rolled back and hit a truck behind me.

    It scared the pants off me, had it been a minute later I could have killed someone.
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    Can anyone explain the "fake" day off?
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    Isn't it where you work say, Sunday night, Monday is in the rota as a day off and then you are back on the Tuesday morning for a 12 hour shift? Essentially you haven't had a day off at all because you were at work for 7.5 hours of the Monday.
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    Quote from scarymary
    Isn't it where you work say, Sunday night, Monday is in the rota as a day off and then you are back on the Tuesday morning for a 12 hour shift? Essentially you haven't had a day off at all because you were at work for 7.5 hours of the Monday.
    I think you are right. I can say those nights are truly some of the worst, because you know you just have to turn right back around to work in a few hours. Generally it's after you've showered and then slept...it feels like a "wasted" day. Those aren't fun...I have those nights/days in my schedule quite often...
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    Sleep deprivation has been a problem for me this month. I do lots of night shift this schedule and hardly sleeps after work and the longest will be only 3 hours before I go for the next shift.I couldnt sleep longer than that, my body wants to but my mind is wide awake so I find it very hard and frustrating. Is there anything I can do to help me sleep longer before I go for another 12 hour night shift?
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    I didn't care for provigil. I topped eating and while I felt alert and smart it caused insomnia which made the sleepiness when I woke up worse...
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    The website www.sleepnet.com has some very interesting information on the subject, and the links are quite good, as well as the continuing conversation remarks posted by readers on some of the articles. Serious sleep deprivation is not something to mess with, but it seems hospitals blissfully ignore what their scheduling can do to their staff.


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