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Sleep quality and responses to insufficient sleep in women on different work shifts
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science.
2002 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, Vol. 11, no 2, 280-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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ò The aim of this study was to examine degrees of cognitive behavioural effects of fatigue, mood changes and somatic responses to sleep loss in women with and without sufficient sleep, and to explore possible links between effects of sleep loss and specific sleep disturbances in selected groups. ò A total 156 women working in a casualty department on different work shifts responded to a questionnaire which measured sleep quality, strain and symptoms related to working conditions, as well as effects of sleep loss. ò About 40% of the women had perceived insufficient sleep during the last 6 months. They perceived significantly worse sleep quality and a higher degree of strain according to working conditions than the others. Palpitation and dysphoria as effects of sleep loss were independently predicted by sleep quality. Dysphoria was also predicted by difficulty in falling asleep. Cognitive behavioural effects of fatigue was predicted by disturbed sleep. Palpitation effects led to a 10-fold increase in the probability of cognitive behavioural effects of fatigue. The effects were most prominent among women suffering from gastrointestinal problems of long duration and chronic pain. ò Responses to reduced sleep quality in women constitute a form of stress, with sympathetic activation, increased susceptibility to infection, moderate cognitive impairment, mood changes and somatic distress.

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2002. Vol. 11, no 2, 280-288 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26862DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2002.00574.xLocal ID: 11482OAI: diva2:247412
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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