Shift Work and Sleep
For some shift workers, napping is essential. It can be extremely effective at eliminating fatigue-related accidents and injuries and reducing workers compensation costs. Although most employers do not allow napping in the workplace, a ban on napping may soon prove to be a legal liability. Thus, efforts to make workplace policies nap-friendly may soon gain popularity as the issue increases in global significance.
Here are some tips for sleeping during the day:
According to NSF's 2005 Sleep in America poll, 14% of Americans do shift work . Compared to their day shift counterparts, shift workers are more likely to suffer from insomnia as well as excessive daytime sleepiness (61% vs. 47% and 30% vs. 18% respectively). Shift workers are also more likely to drive while fatigued and almost twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
Christopher Drake, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Center in Detroit and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Drake completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Psychobiology Branch under Dr. Thomas Wehr