dragging? struggles with shift work and circadian rhythms

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“The adverse effect of constantly rotating shifts is the single most important reason given for premature attrition from the field.” – ACEP Policy Statement on Emergency Physician Shift Work

In this video lecture, Peter Peloquin M.D. discusses many of the inherent problems with shift work and presents evidence-based strategies to get us through even the toughest string of nights.

Take-home Points:

  • Shift work is both biologically and socially difficult
  • Educate family and friends to make the most of your sleep
  • Arrange shifts and sleeping habits while keeping circadian rhythms in mind
  • Well-timed exercise, bright lights, and caffeine can do miracles
  • Rest and be well!

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