Healthcare providers are considered to be among the most sleep deprived career groups. The job’s hours, the nature of the work being high-stress, and more contribute to poor sleep health within this group. However, these are the people that are caring for the lives of others. It is vital that healthcare workers feel supported to care for themselves to the same degree that they care for others.
Making mistakes on the job due to sleep deprivation is particularly dangerous in this field. Studies have shown that physicians who are sleep deprived are more prone to mistakes. Being alert on the job is important for the safety and wellbeing of patients. Healthy sleep habits play a pivotal role in the ability to feel alert. By being alert, employees face fewer errors and faster response time. Accident risk also decreases by 70% with someone well-rested. By managing healthy sleep habits, healthcare workers can also support proper brain function in areas such as problem solving, decision-making, and memory which are all important in a role where someone else’s well-being, health and safety may rely on a split-second decision.
Unfortunately, the very nature of jobs within the healthcare field will often lead to poor sleep habits and sleep deprivation. It’s not easy at first to build a consistent sleep schedule around high-stress, unpredictable hours and long shifts. And these factors are unlikely to change anytime soon. However, healthcare provider’s ability to manage their quality of sleep is still possible. We’ve collected tips on how to gradually adjust your sleep schedule and how to create an ideal space to sleep in.
It is also important for healthcare workers to remain healthy despite being exposed to illness around them. Sleep is paramount to a strong immune system. Sleeping well helps your immune system function more efficiently. Antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. SleepMaster Solutions™ is committed to helping keep healthcare workers healthy by offering free online sleep screenings and home sleep tests.