A quasi-experimental study into the effects of naps and therapy glasses on fatigue and well-being

Marianne van Woerkom*

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Abstract

Aim: 

To investigate the effects of a napping facility and therapy glasses on fatigue and well-being at the end of the night shift. 

Background: 

Night shift work has adverse effects on fatigue and well-being. 

Methods: 

A quasi-experimental study was conducted, and data were collected on 243 night shifts of 95 nurses who had either access to a napping facility, therapy glasses, both facilities or no facilities. Multilevel analyses were conducted to predict fatigue and well-being. 

Results: 

Night shifts of nurses having access to both facilities were associated with less fatigue and more well-being. The use of therapy glasses related negatively to fatigue and positively to well-being. The use of the napping facility was not associated with fatigue and well-being. However, having slept while napping and sleeping time during napping were negatively associated with fatigue and positively associated with well-being. 

Conclusion: 

Therapy glasses and sleeping in a napping facility can be effective interventions in reducing the adverse effects of night shift work. Implications for Nursing Management: Therapy glasses seem an effective investment to facilitate the well-being of nurses. To enhance sleeping during napping, it is worthwhile to let nurses get accustomed to the napping facility and customize settings to personal preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-571
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • BRIGHT-LIGHT
  • EXPOSURE
  • HEALTH
  • IMPACT
  • MELATONIN
  • NIGHT-SHIFT
  • NURSES
  • PERFORMANCE
  • SLEEP
  • WORK
  • fatigue
  • light therapy
  • napping
  • night shift work
  • nursing
  • psychological well-being
  • quasi-experiment

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