Night Shift Work and Sleep Wake Cycle in Nurses: an Integrative Review

  • Kézia Katiane Medeiros Silva University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil
  • Milva Maria Figueiredo De Martino State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil ( UNICAMP)
  • Maria Cleia de Oliveira Viana University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil
  • Clarissa Maria Bandeira Bezerra University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil
  • Ana Patrícia Costa de oliveira Freire University Center of Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte Brasil.
  • Danila Maria Silva University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil
  • Aline Souza Falcão Aquino Potiguar University.

Abstract

The night work can lead to exhaustion and fatigue, often by the lack of sleep, identified on some studies as a negative factor to health. This article has as purpose to identify the characteristics of the nurse’s sleep-wake cycle that works on night shift. 11 articles were selected as results, 54% of the studies were published in the years of 2012 and 2013, which allowed to observe the characteristics of the night worker in the course of 24 hours. Two axes were elaborated: night worker and the sleep and night worker and the wake. Hence it is possible to conclude that hospital institutions need to adopt preventive measures regarding the workers’ physical and mental health from the night shift.

Published
Nov 13, 2016
How to Cite
SILVA, Kézia Katiane Medeiros et al. Night Shift Work and Sleep Wake Cycle in Nurses: an Integrative Review. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, nov. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1894>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2169.
Section
Nursing

Keywords

Sleep; Working shifts; Nursing.