Consequences of fatigue

  • Behavior lapses
  • Learning and recall deficits
  • Working memory decline
  • Depression
  • Decreased work performance
  • Impaired judgment
  • Increased sick time
  • Errors increased
  • Hypertension
  • Work related accidents increased
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slower reaction time

Fatigued health care workers reported difficulty (% reported) with the following

  • Concentration 68 %
  • Problem solving 57%
  • Decision making 56%
  • Listening 57%
  • Handling stress 65%
  • Relating to others 38%

Fatigue and Performance

Science has documented that fatigue is related to performance, patient and safety. Less than 5 hours of sleep doubles risk of performance lapses.

Sleep Center

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