Survey Of Physicians Finds That They Need More Sleep

In a new poll, doctors say they are not about to sleep they need to function at their best and latest work hours can contribute to their lack of sleep. The survey by the American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Institute (ACCP-SI), revealed that most doctors hour less sleep than needed for peak performance, and nearly half of the doctors believe that their work schedules do not allow for a adequate sleep. Other results indicate that, compared to the general population, doctors reported more caffeine use, but overall better health.

"Call hours during training, and in the practice of medicine doctors insensitive to the importance of sleep. Allgegenwertig The message is that sleep is optional or dispensable," said Barbara Phillips, MD , FCCP, Chair of the ACCP Sleep Institute. "Self sacrifice can also be seen as part of the lifestyle. This can impact doctors' awareness of their own and their patients' sleep deprivation lifestyles."


In a randomized, internet--5000 surveyed US physician members on the latest sleeping habits and how sleep disturbances and day-to-day. Of the 581 respondents, 70 percent have at least 7 hours of sleep to function at their best during the day, nor doctors reported sleeping an average of 6.5 hours in a working day. Doctors reported "making up for lost sleep on the weekends or vacation days by sleeping an average of 7.5 hours per night. In addition, 43.1 percent of physicians their current work schedule does not allow for adequate sleep. Doctors rarely reported, insomnia, or difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. But 21.8 percent reported waking up feeling not updated at least a few nights a week.

"The upward risks for chronic self-imposed sleep deprivation is that it essentially eliminates insomnia complaints," said Dr. Phillips. "Although adequate sleep is important, too much time in bed is listed under a common insomniacs, and the lack of insomnia complaints to the doctors probably refers to the chronic, low sleep deprivation that many experience."

Most doctors, sleep questions that have no material impact job performance or other daily activities. However, 18 percent of doctors reported missing at least one family or leisure activity through to sleep.


results of the survey were compared with the results of the 2008 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America Poll, published by the National Sleep Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2008. Caffeine use was more common in doctors as the population in general, with 93 percent of doctors with at least one caffeinated beverage per day, compared with 81 percent of the total population. However, the average number of drinks consumed caffeine, about 3 servings daily, was comparable between the doctors and the general population. The majority of doctors (83.3 percent) reported with caffeine out of habit instead of "keep alive".

Doctors reported also in better health than the general population, with 83.6 percent of doctors stating they were very good or excellent health, compared with 56 percent in the general population .

"Although sleep habits doctor may not be ideal, doctors understand the relationship between behavior and health. Doctors are less likely to smoke, to be obese, or are settled, all Lifestyle factors which have a negative impact on the general health, "said Rochelle Goldberg, MD, FCCP, ACCP Sleep Institute Steering Committee.

"How many, the long experience of the work day and inconsistent schedules, doctors are also vulnerable to the consequences of insufficient sleep," said Alvin W. Thomas, Jr., MD, FCCP, President of the ACCP. "So, as they help their patients recognize the importance of good sleep habits, physicians should take the necessary measures to ensure that they are fulfilling their own needs sleep."

article adapted from Medical News Today original press release.

ACCP represents 17000 Members, the clinical respiratory, critical care, sleep, and cardiothoracic patient care in the United States and around the world. The ACCP's mission is to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research and communication. For more information about the ACCP, please visit the ACCP Web site at

Source: Jennifer Stawarz

American College of Chest Physicians

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