Relationship between night shift and sleep problems, risk of metabolic abnormalities of nurses: a 2 years follow-up retrospective analysis in the National Nurse Health Study (NNHS) (2023)

This recent Chinese cohort study of 730 nurses examined the relationship between night shift and sleep problems and metabolic abnormalities risk. Higher night shift load was associated with more sleep problems such as shortened sleep duration, sleep disorders, poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation. Night shift load was also associated with chronic diseases risk factors including increased body mass index, body fat, triglycerides and low levels of HDL ('good') cholesterol.

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Healthy sleep practices for shift workers: consensus sleep hygiene guidelines using a Delphi methodology (2023)

Recent UK research utilised Delphi methodology to determine the applicability of current guidelines for shift workers, the appropriateness of the term “sleep hygiene,” leading to the subsequent development of 18 guidelines for healthy sleep practices for shift workers.

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Factors that may threaten or protect the wellbeing of staff working in paediatric intensive care environments (2023)

The results of this research identified perceived risks for wellbeing, including; a lack of preparation for the role, perceived worst shift, moral distress and isolation. Themes perceived as protective to wellbeing included; finding the work stimulating and meaningful, belonging to the team, and using humour. This study suggests risk factors often co-existed simultaneously with protective factors and not as a dichotomy.

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The mental health of fly-in fly-out workers before and during COVID-19: a comparison study (2023)

Research by Curtin University and the University of Western Australia found FIFO workers had worse mental health than a matched benchmark sample pre COVID, and mental ill health and poor wellbeing were higher during the COVID-19 pandemic than before. This group needs to be considered as an at-risk group for adverse mental health outcomes.

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Waking up to Sleep

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Technology and changing work patterns have changed our world and this is having a major impact on our sleep.This webinar discusses the science of sleep and how with technology, “help and support” sleep awareness, education, screening and behaviour change can be delivered digitally and at scale.

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GoodYarn at Fonterra

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Winner of the 2016 Mental Health Services Award, as at mid-2019, GoodYarn has reached more than 7000 New Zealanders working in small and medium businesses, as well as some of the country’s largest. There are now 60 GoodYarn facilitators across 25 industries.

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Shifting Expectations: Flexibility for frontline, shift and site-based roles

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As businesses across Australia are impacted by labour and skills shortages, this report suggests delivering effective and secure flexible work for frontline, shift and site-based workers has immediate benefits and should be a long term strategy for workforce sustainability.

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