Authors: Narumi Ooshige, Tae Yamaguchi, Mitsuyo Nakashima, Kazuo Minematsu, Takuro Tobina, Noriaki Tsunawake
In their attempts to balance sleep routines and their service schedules, nurses working in shifts are at a risk for developing sleep disorders. Therefore, the current study aimed to explore gender differences in sleeping patterns of psychiatric nurses from a 16-hour shift to two days off duty. It was found that male nurses went to bed late and that female nurses rose slightly early on the days they served night shifts. On an average, the sleeping hours of male nurses were about 2 hours longer than those of female nurses. After two consecutive days off duty, there was no difference in sleeping patterns of males and females. Before the night shift, females engaged in housekeeping and used short sleeping hours in rest time to compensate for the lack of sleep. Results highlighted the need for health management interventions for nurses working in shifts, considering gender differences.
Keywords: component; sleeping hours; night shift; gender differences; life activity; psychiatric nurses.