What you can do | Sleep Center | Salem Health
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What you can do

Pre Call

  • Make sleep a priority
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night so you don’t start out with sleep debt
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before call
  • Avoid large meals and brisk exercise 3 hours before bedtime
  • Take a nap in the afternoon before night call, if you can.

On Call

  • Take 15-20 minute naps when possible
  • Take advantage of circadian rhythm for naps (2-5am or 2-5pm)
  • Caffeine can be helpful but does not replace sleep
  • Bright light can help you stay alert
  • Enlist help of coworkers to organize rest periods.
  • Any amount of sleep is better than none

Post Call

  • Driving home sleep deprived can be dangerous
  • Take a 15-20 minute nap before driving home
  • Consider caffeine 30 minutes before driving home
  • If you get sleepy while driving, pull off the road and take 15-20 minute nap
  • If you feel too tired to drive, get a taxi, call a friend for a ride or take a 15-20 minute nap before driving.

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