Residency

Spot the signs of sleep deprivation

Residency Program Insider, August 7, 2019

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Several studies have shown that residents are not getting enough quality sleep during training. Although it’s a time-honored tradition in residency, a lack of sleep over a long period of time may lead to symptoms of burnout, anxiety, and depression.

The following are the symptoms of sleep deprivation:

  • Difficulty processing information and making decisions
  • Experiencing severe mood changes
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Gaining weight


Strategies to combat sleep deprivation and improve sleep habits include taking naps and breaks when possible during long shifts; eating healthy meals and snacks to keep energy levels up; and asking for help from other residents, faculty members, or the program director.

Source: AMA



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