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Study: Shorter shifts improve senior residents' sleep duration

Residency Program Insider, June 6, 2019

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Senior residents were found to get more sleep per week when limited to shifts of no more than 16 consecutive hours, according to a study published in Sleep.

The study examined the sleep habits of more than 300 PGY-2 and above residents in pediatric intensive care units at six academic medical centers. The residents were randomly divided into two groups: one worked shifts of 24 hours or more and the other worked shifts of 16 hours or less. Residents kept electronic diaries to track work hours and wore actimetry sensors on their wrists to measure their sleep.

Researchers found that the residents who worked the shifts of 16 hours or less worked 10% fewer hours per week than residents in the other group and increased their amount of sleep by 8%.

Source: Sleep Review



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