20-minute naps for doctors keep patients alive during night shifts

A quick, power nap may help medical staff fight off fatigue and keep patients safe during overnight shifts

Dr. Nancy Redfern of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust adds that because of the risks to both night shift hospital workers and their patients

No healthcare professional should work more than three straight night shifts each week

This would both keep patients safe from human error by hospital staff and keep doctors and nurses from having accidents while driving home

Previous studies have also found that driving after being awake for 20 hours or more is as dangerous as driving drunk

Workers driving after a 12-hour shift were also twice as likely to crash in comparison to those working eight-hour shifts

For medical workers, Redfern says this impairs their ability to effectively interact with patients and their co-workers