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Daylight Saving: Suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change

Categories: Aging Workers, Motor Vehicle Safety, Sleep, Total Worker Health, Work Schedules, Young Workers

 

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We all know the saying to help us remember to adjust our clocks for the daylight saving time changes (this Sunday in case you are wondering). But, what can we do to help workers adjust to the effects of the time change?  A few studies have examined these issues but many questions remain on this topic including the best strategies to cope with the time changes.

A Hard Day’s Night: Training Provides Nurses with Strategies for Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Categories: Healthcare, Sleep, Work Schedules

“The problem for me became very severe and my head nurse actually called me into her office to discuss it… it had gotten to the point where I was so chronically sleep-deprived that I was falling asleep while I was trying to report off to the on-coming shift. So, I’m sitting there talking about very complicated medical issues, and in the middle of a sentence, I would nod-off. And as you can imagine, the person I’m speaking to would be very upset that I’m so distracted and unfocused…”

– Quote from a night shift nurse

Work-family Conflict, Sleep, and the Heart

Categories: Cardiovascular Disease, Healthcare, NIOSH-funded Research, Sleep, Total Worker Health, Work Schedules

 

nursesleepHealth care workers represent an increasingly important and ever growing work force in our society. They are also a group of “high-risk workers” meaning they report a lot of musculoskeletal pain, work-related injuries and sleep deficiencies. In addition to this, many health care workers labor in rotating shifts, with little time in-between shifts, so it is no surprise that many of these workers also report scheduling difficulties between work and family. A large study on nurses from 2006 reported that they are concerned about their lack of time and energy when prioritizing family responsibilities and friends outside the workplace. Perhaps exacerbating this concern are increasing demands from a strained economy, the increasing number of single parents in the US, and the fact that health care workers often report working additional jobs – restricting this time even further.

Sleep, Pain, and Hospital Workers

Categories: Healthcare, NIOSH-funded Research, Sleep, Total Worker Health, Women, Work Schedules

We know that decreased sleep duration and extended shifts in healthcare workers are linked to workplace injuries.  The effects of decreased sleep on pain in the workplace are less clear.  New research from the Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing  –one of four NIOSH Centers of Excellence funded to explore and research the concepts of Total Worker Health™- examines the question: Does lack of sleep increase pain and limit function among hospital care workers?    

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