Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shift Workers Need Consistent Sleep Schedule during Daytime

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shift Workers Need Consistent Sleep Schedule during Daytime

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Dear Reader: In yesterday's column, I discussed the health hazards of shift workers -- particularly those who work evening and night shifts. More than 9 million people in the United States are shift workers.

When I was in medical training, boy, was I a shift worker! During my internship, every other weekend I would wake up on Saturday morning and drive to the hospital. The next time my head touched a pillow was Monday evening. In between, it was nonstop.

I'm glad those days are over for me. And that they're also over for today's interns, who get a lot more sleep than I and my colleagues used to. That's a good thing, given what we now know about how sleep deprivation affects a person's ability to think -- and how important it is for doctors to be able to think. …

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