Jesper Mølgaard, Casper Schwartz Riedel & Anders Sode West
Ugeskr Læger 2021;183:V08200579
Healthcare workers doing night shifts are at risk of lack of sleep or/and circadian rhythm disturbances. The ability to make complex rational decisions is reduced with sleep deprivation; thus, one should try to take the proper precautions. This can be done by reducing the complexity and decision speed as much as possible at nights. Furthermore, as suggested in this review, several individual and organisational measures can reduce the risk of circadian rhythm disorders and make the body ready for a new shift more quickly. Driving motor vehicles should be avoided after night shifts with insufficient sleep.