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Nursing issues
Nurses’ night shift performance improves through taking scheduled naps
  1. Nazanin Izadi
  1. Center for Research on Occupational Diseases, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nazanin Izadi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1417653761, The Islamic Republic of Iran; nazanin.izadi{at}

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Commentary on: Zion N, Schohat T. Let them sleep: the effects of a scheduled nap during the night shift on sleepiness and cognition in hospital nurses. J Adv Nurs 2019. doi: 10.1111/jan.14031. [Epub ahead of print 22 April 2019].

Implications for practice and research

  • The implementation of new strategies to allow nurses to nap could have positive impact on nurse performance.

  • Further research is needed to generalise these findings to male shift workers and other shift schedules.


Healthcare workers who work in rotating shifts may experience sleepiness and reduction of job performance.1 2 Further, several studies observed that night shifts can negatively affect physical, psychological well-being and patient safety.3 There are …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.