Night working, Shiftwork and Rest
Helpful links about shift work and overnight working:
Working the night shift: preparation, survival and recovery - a guide for junior doctors, by a working group led by the Royal College of Physicians. Booklet available for download or can be purchased from the RCP.
The following articles are the most useful ones I've found for practical advice on coping with night shifts. If anyone has more resources please let me know and I'll add them here.
Shift work and doctors' health. Summary of research and advice for coping with shifts - highly recommended. (BMJ Careers Focus)
Surviving your first set of night shifts as a PRHO (BMJ Careers Focus)
Tips on surviving night shifts (BMJ Careers Focus)
Tips on surviving night shifts II (BMJ Careers Focus)
Tips for Surviving and Enjoying the Night Shift. A good set of tips, well explained. (Whitireia Nursing Journal)
Shiftwork: How to cope with life in the shadows (Alberta Association of Registered Nurses)
A working nightmare Subscription only (The Independent), includes tips on coping with shifts but probably nothing you can't get from the links above.
Factsheets and informationPolice - Shiftwork Guide A useful resource for shift worker information. (UK)
Sleep Strategies for Shiftworkers - National Sleep Foundation (US)
Plain Language About Shiftwork - NIOSH (US)
Fatigue, sleepiness and medical errors - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US)
Dedicated websitesShiftworker Online (US)
Shiftwork Services (New Zealand)
Coping with Shiftwork (US)
NIOSH section on shiftwork and work schedules (US) Circadian Technologies (US)
See also the Research and Reports section for data on fatigue and performance.
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