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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 555–556 | Cite as

Sleep Patterns and Risky Driving Behaviors in Clinical Medical and Nursing Students

  • Zachary BunjoEmail author
  • Layla Jasmine Bunjo
  • Stephen Bacchi
  • Frank Donnelly
  • Judith Nicky Hudson
  • Ian Symonds
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Sleep problems are common among young adults, and students in the healthcare profession may be particularly vulnerable to poor sleep [1, 2, 3]. Poor sleep has been associated with poorer quality of life, burnout, psychological distress, and poorer academic achievement [2, 4]. There is research to suggest that medical and nursing students may have inadequate knowledge of healthy sleep hygiene practices [1, 2]. Despite this awareness, there is limited assessment of sleep behaviors and the potential causative factors that may contribute to poor sleep in medical and nursing students. Additionally, the assessment of sleep hygiene and perceptions regarding the potential causes of sleep dysfunction in medical and nursing students in Western countries is limited.

Poor sleep and fatigue in healthcare professionals has previously been found to predispose individuals to hazardous driving. A UK survey of anesthetic registrars identified that 57% of responders had experienced an...

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Standards

Involvement in this project was voluntary and anonymous. Participants were provided with a participant information sheet. Ethics approval was received from the University of Adelaide Human Research and Ethics Committee (reference number H-2017-228).

Disclosures

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adelaide Medical SchoolUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.The Queen Elizabeth HospitalWoodville SouthAustralia
  3. 3.School of Nursing, University of AdelaideUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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