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Sleep, fatigue, and shift work

Getting adequate rest is critical to work safety and productivity. Browse these resources for information on managing fatigue and reducing risks.

Healthy sleep

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Find videos, articles, and free apps for adults and children, as well as tips to help you sleep better and feel your best.

The National Healthy Sleep Project
This website provides lots of sleep education resources, including infographics on topics like drowsy driving, snoring, and the treatment of sleep disorders.

Finding your sleep/wake rhythm (Harvard Medical School)
This interactive guide explains how sleep patterns work, and why some people have difficulty getting the rest they need.

Shift work

Between night and day [PDF]
What's the difference between sleep deprivation and drunkenness? As this article reports, not much.

Reducing risks associated with long work hours (NIOSH)
Designed for emergency responders, this 30-minute training is useful for anyone whose job requires long shifts. 

Booklet | Plain language about shift work (NIOSH) [PDF]
This booklet suggests ways of coping with night work and shifting schedules.

Shift work and sleep (National Sleep Foundation)
Today's 24-hour workforce has an increased risk of fatigue-related injuries and illnesses. Learn what you can do about it.

Sleep and shift work (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences)
Find links to additional resources, research, and sleep strategies.

Overtime and extended hours

Health care worker fatigue and patient safety (Joint Commission) [PDF]
This article recommends actions that health care organizations can take to help mitigate the risks of fatigue resulting from extended work hours.

Overtime and extended work shifts: Recent findings on illnesses, injuries, and health behaviors (NIOSH) [PDF]
This document summarizes scientific findings on the effects of overtime and extended work shifts on worker health and safety.

Drowsy driving

Signs you are too sleepy to drive [PDF]
If you experience any of these drowsy driving symptoms, it's time to pull over.

DrowsyDriving.org (National Sleep Foundation)
Find information, news, and advocacy aimed at reducing fatigue-related crashes.

Fatigue management

Fatigue risk management in the workplace (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) [PDF]
This in-depth article provides background, key concepts, and references to set up a fatigue risk management program.

Video library

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  • Shiftwork: circadian survival | GENSAFE-50
    20 minutes | If your organization runs more than one shift, this program is perfect … Read more