Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Sharon Starr

Abstract

Sleep is vital to health and wellbeing. Service professionals such as nurses, firefighters, and police officers, historically have worked in shifts requiring around the clock coverage. Now, many companies are following similar strategies with working employees in 12 hour or 8 hour shifts including night shift. Night shift workers must adjust to sleeping during the daytime by combating their normal circadian regulatory system. Maladaptation to daytime sleep can affect overall sleep time and poorer sleep quality. Shift Work Disorder is a medical condition where employees struggle with chronic sleep deprivation that can lead to other health problems. Employee health clinics offer an excellent resource to implement evidence-based strategies to assist night shift employees with methods to improve daytime sleep.

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