Short turnaround between shifts may increase sick leave

From Reuters:

Workers who get less than 11 hours of rest between shifts may be more likely to take sick leave, a Norwegian study suggests.

“Quick returns,” defined as breaks shorter than 11 hours between the end of one shift and the beginning of another, were tied to a 21 percent increase in the odds of nurses taking sick leave the following month.

“Recent studies suggest these rapid changeovers can be associated with equal or even worse effects on sleep and fatigue than night work,” said lead study author Oystein Vedaa of the University of Bergen.

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